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 Rothschild [Red Shield].Rotundity of the Belt (Washington Irving). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Rotten Row.
Muster row. Camden derives the word from rotteran (to muster); hence rot, a file of six soldiers. Another derivation is the Norman Ratten Row (roundabout way), being the way corpses were carried to avoid the public thoroughfares. Others suggest Route du roi; and others the Anglo-Saxon rot, pleasant, cheerful; or rotten, referring to the soft material with which the road is covered.   1

 Rothschild [Red Shield].Rotundity of the Belt (Washington Irving). 


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