knight of the shire


plural knights of the shire
: a knight selected by the freeholders to represent a shire in the House of Commons especially in medieval times
the knight of the shire was the connecting link between the baron and the shopkeeperT. B. Macaulay
: a parliamentary representative from a shire or county as distinguished from a representative of a city or a borough
the number of knights of the shire was increased to 159T. E. May

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