in North Wales; so called from Roger de Montgomery, Earl of
Shrewsbury, who won the castle of Baldwyn, lieutenant of the marches to
William the Conqueror. Before this time it was called “Tre Faldwyn.”
Montgomery's division, all on one side.
This is a French proverb, and refers to the Free Companies of the
sixteenth century, of which Montgomery was a noted chief. The booty he
took was all given to his banditti, and nothing was left to the
victims. (See Lion's Share.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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