Barons of the exchequer
Baron Bar"on, n. [OE. baron, barun, OF. baron, accus. of ber, F. baron, prob. fr. OHG. baro (not found) bearer, akin to E. bear to support; cf. O. Frisian bere, LL. baro, It. barone, Sp. varon. From the meaning bearer (of burdens) seem to have come the senses strong man, man (in distinction from woman), which is the oldest meaning in French, and lastly, nobleman. Cf. L. baro, simpleton. See {Bear} to support.] [1913 Webster] 1. A title or degree of nobility; originally, the possessor of a fief, who had feudal tenants under him; in modern times, in France and Germany, a nobleman next in rank below a count; in England, a nobleman of the lowest grade in the House of Lords, being next below a viscount. [1913 Webster]

Note: ``The tenants in chief from the Crown, who held lands of the annual value of four hundred pounds, were styled Barons; and it is to them, and not to the members of the lowest grade of the nobility (to whom the title at the present time belongs), that reference is made when we read of the Barons of the early days of England's history. . . . Barons are addressed as `My Lord,' and are styled `Right Honorable.' All their sons and daughters are `Honorable.''' --Cussans. [1913 Webster]

2. (Old Law) A husband; as, baron and feme, husband and wife. [R.] --Cowell. [1913 Webster]

{Baron of beef}, two sirloins not cut asunder at the backbone.

{Barons of the Cinque Ports}, formerly members of the House of Commons, elected by the seven Cinque Ports, two for each port.

{Barons of the exchequer}, the judges of the Court of Exchequer, one of the three ancient courts of England, now abolished. [1913 Webster]


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  • Barons of the exchequer — Exchequer Ex*cheq uer, n. [OE. escheker, OF. eichekier, fr. LL. scaccarium. See {Checker}, {Chess}, {Check}.] 1. One of the superior courts of law; so called from a checkered cloth, which covers, or formerly covered, the table. [Eng.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barons of the Exchequer — The six judges of the Court of Exchequer in England, of whom one is styled the Chief Baron; answering to the justices and chief justice of other courts. Its jurisdiction was transferred to the Exchequer Division of High Court of Justice in 1873;… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Barons of the Exchequer — The six judges of the Court of Exchequer in England, of whom one is styled the Chief Baron; answering to the justices and chief justice of other courts. Its jurisdiction was transferred to the Exchequer Division of High Court of Justice in 1873;… …   Black's law dictionary

  • barons of the exchequer — The judges of the court of exchequer. They are always referred to as barons and not as judges …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Barons of the Cinque Ports — Baron Bar on, n. [OE. baron, barun, OF. baron, accus. of ber, F. baron, prob. fr. OHG. baro (not found) bearer, akin to E. bear to support; cf. O. Frisian bere, LL. baro, It. barone, Sp. varon. From the meaning bearer (of burdens) seem to have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chancellor of the exchequer — Exchequer Ex*cheq uer, n. [OE. escheker, OF. eichekier, fr. LL. scaccarium. See {Checker}, {Chess}, {Check}.] 1. One of the superior courts of law; so called from a checkered cloth, which covers, or formerly covered, the table. [Eng.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chief Baron of the Exchequer — For the Chief Baron of the Exchequer in Ireland, see Chief Baron of the Exchequer (Ireland). The Chief Baron of the Exchequer was the first baron (i.e., judge) of the English Exchequer of pleas. In the absence of both the Treasurer of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer — was the first baron ( i.e. , judge) of the Exchequer of pleas. In the absence of both the Treasurer of the Exchequer or First Lord of the Treasury, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, it was he who presided in the equity court and answered the… …   Wikipedia

  • Auditor of the Exchequer in Scotland — The Scottish Exchequer had a similar role of auditing and deciding on Royal revenues as in England. It was not until 1584 that it also became a court of law, separate from the King s Privy Council. Even then, the judicial and administrative roles …   Wikipedia

  • List of Chief Barons of the Irish Exchequer — The Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer[1][2] was a senior judge who oversaw court proceedings of the Exchequer of Ireland. It was a mirror of the equivalent Court in England and one of the four courts which sat in the building still called The… …   Wikipedia

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