E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The second in a duel, as Name your friend, Captain B. acted as his friend.
Mr. Baillie was to have acted as Disraelis friend, if there had been a duel between that statesman and Daniel OConnell.Newspaper paragraph (December, 1885).
Better kinde frend than fremd kinde (motto of the Waterton family) means better kind friend (i.e. neighbour) than a kinsman who dwells in foreign parts. Probably it is Prov. xxvii. 10, Better is a neighbour that is near, than a brother far off. In which case fremd would be = stranger. Better a kind friend than a kinsman who is a stranger.