My Lord 'Size
DESCRIPTION: "The jailor for trial had brought up a thief" as lawyers look for work and gawkers look for sensation -- when the notice the body of Lord 'Size. Witnesses are sought and questioned. The jury is trying to reach a verdict when the body comes to life
AUTHOR: Words: John Shield
EARLIEST DATE: 1900 (Stokoe/Reay)
KEYWORDS: humorous trial judge lawyer
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Stokoe/Reay, pp. 142-144, "My Lord 'Size" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: According to Stokoe, this "is commemorative of an unlucky accident that actually occurred to one of Her Majesty's Judges of Assize, Baron Graham, about the year 1810." Though, in 1810, the King was George III and it wouldn't have been Her Majesty's Judge....
The whole thing reminds me very much of the Barrister's Dream in The Hunting of the Snark, though such courtroom jokes are common in English literature (see, e.g., The Pickwick Papers). - RBW
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