means an ostler or groom. His original duty was to feed, groom,
shoe, and physic his master's horse. (British, marc, a mare; scalc, a servant.)
Blucher; so called for his dash and readiness in the campaign of
1813. Marshal of the Army of God, and of Holy Church. The Baron
Robert Fitzwalter, appointed by his brother barons to lead their forces
in 1215 to obtain from King John redress of grievances. Magna Charta
was the result.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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