Nine Worthies

Joshua, David, and Judas & Maccabaeus;; Hector, Alexander, and Julius & Caesar;; Arthur, Charlemagne, and Godfrey of Bouillon.

Nine worthies were they called, of different rites-
Three Jews, three pagans, and three Christian knights.

Dryden: The Flower and the Leaf.

Nine worthies (privy councillors to William III.): —Whigs Devonshire, Dorset, Mon-mouth, and Edward Russell. Tories: Caermarthen, Pembroke, Nottingham, Marlborough, and Lowther. Nine worthies of London. (See Worthies.)

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