An officer among the English, established soon
after the conquest.
2. He had judicial power, and sat as a judge in the Curia Regis. (q. v.)
In the absence of the king, he governed the kingdom. In the course of time,
the power and distinction of this officer gradually diminished, until the
reign of Henry III, when the office was abolished.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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