Kirke's Lambs

The Queen's Royal West Surrey. Called “Kirke” from Piercy Kirke, their colonel, 1682-1691; and “Lambs” from their badge, the Paschal Lamb the crest of the house of Braganza, in compliment to Queen Catharine, to whom they were a guard of honour in her progress to London.

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