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Granby

The Marquis of Granby. A public-house sign in honour of John Manners, Marquis of Granby, a popular English general (1721-1770).

The Times
says the old marquis owes his sign-board notoriety “partly to his personal bravery and partly to the baldness of his head. He still presides over eighteen public-houses in London alone.”

Old Weller, in Pickwick, married the hostess of the “Marquis of Granby” at Dorking.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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