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 Knights of the Stick.Knights of the Whip. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Knights of the Thistle.
Said to have been established in 809 by Achaicus, King of the Scots, and revived in 1540 by James V. of Scotland. Queen Anne placed the order on a permanent footing. These knights are sometimes called Knights of St. Andrew.   1

 Knights of the Stick.Knights of the Whip. 

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