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In the 18th and 19th-centuries, a "squire" could also be a designated landowner (possibly of renown) who served as a private legal entity in the local court system. He was an "arm" of the Judge or Magistrate himself. Source: http://www.bunker8.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/history/36804.htm - “Law, Ideology & the Gallows in 18th & 19th Century England." ...



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