Bayard

(Chevalier), Pierre du Terrail, a celebrated French knight (1476-1524). Le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche.

The British Bayard.
Sir Philip Sidney. (1554-1584.) The Polish Bayard. Prince Joseph Poniatowski. (1763-1814.)

Bayard of the East

(The) or Of the Indian Army. Sir James Outram (1803-1863).

Bayard

A horse of incredible swiftness, belonging to the four sons of Aymon. If only one of the sons mounted, the horse was of the ordinary size; but if all four mounted, his body became elongated to the requisite length. The name is used for any valuable or wonderful horse, and means a “high-bay” (bay-ard). (Villeneuve: Les Quatre-Filz Aymon.) (See Horse.)

Keep Bayard in the stable, i.e.
keep what is of value under lock and key. (See above. Bold as Blind Bayard. Foolhardy. If a blind horse leaps, the chance is he will fall into a ditch. Grose mentions the following expression, To ride bayard of ten toes- “Going by the marrow-bone stage” —i.e. walking.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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