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Gregorian Tree

The gallows; so named from three successive hangmen—Gregory, sen., Gregory, jun., and Gregory Brandon. Sir William Segar, Garter Knight of Arms, granted a coat of arms to Gregory Brandon.

(See Hangmen.)

This trembles under the black rod, and he
Doth fear his fate from the Gregorian tree.

Mercutius Pragmaticus (1641).

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