E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Newgate prison. To take ones final degree at New College is to be hanged. Kings College is Kings Bench Prison, now called Queens College. Prisoners are collegiates. College is the Latin collegium, and has a very wide range, as, College of the Apostles, College of Physicians, College of Surgeons, Heralds College, College of Justice, etc.; and on the Continent we have College of Foreign Affairs, College of War, College of Cardinals, etc.