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 for Marshal of the King''s house
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Marshal \Mar"shal\, n. [OE. mareschal, OF. mareschal, F.
     mar['e]chal, LL. mariscalcus, from OHG. marah-scalc (G.
     marschall); marah horse + scalc servant (akin to AS. scealc,
     Goth. skalks). F. mar['e]chal signifies, a marshal, and a
     farrier. See Mare horse, and cf. Seneschal.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Originally, an officer who had the care of horses; a
        groom. [Obs.]
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     2. An officer of high rank, charged with the arrangement of
        ceremonies, the conduct of operations, or the like; as,
        specifically:
        (a) One who goes before a prince to declare his coming and
            provide entertainment; a harbinger; a pursuivant.
        (b) One who regulates rank and order at a feast or any
            other assembly, directs the order of procession, and
            the like.
        (c) The chief officer of arms, whose duty it was, in
            ancient times, to regulate combats in the lists.
            --Johnson.
        (d) (France) The highest military officer. In other
            countries of Europe a marshal is a military officer of
            high rank, and called field marshal.
        (e) (Am. Law) A ministerial officer, appointed for each
            judicial district of the United States, to execute the
            process of the courts of the United States, and
            perform various duties, similar to those of a sheriff.
            The name is also sometimes applied to certain police
            officers of a city.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     Earl marshal of England, the eighth officer of state; an
        honorary title, and personal, until made hereditary in the
        family of the Duke of Norfolk. During a vacancy in the
        office of high constable, the earl marshal has
        jurisdiction in the court of chivalry. --Brande & C.
  
     Earl marshal of Scotland, an officer who had command of the
        cavalry under the constable. This office was held by the
        family of Keith, but forfeited by rebellion in 1715.
  
     Knight marshal, or Marshal of the King's house, formerly,
        in England, the marshal of the king's house, who was
        authorized to hear and determine all pleas of the Crown,
        to punish faults committed within the verge, etc. His
        court was called the Court of Marshalsea.
  
     Marshal of the Queen's Bench, formerly the title of the
        officer who had the custody of the Queen's bench prison in
        Southwark. --Mozley & W.
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