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Jack Ketch


Although this looks very much like a sobriquet, there seems no sufficient evidence to believe it to be otherwise than a real proper name. We are told that the name Jack was applied to hangmen from Richard Jaquett, to whom the manor of Tyburn once belonged. (See Hangmen.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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VIII. Jack
Jack-a-Lantern (A)
Jack-a-napes or Jackanapes = Jack of apes
Jack Brag
Jack Drum’s Entertainment
Jack Horner
Jack Ketch
Jack Pudding
Jack Robinson
Jack Sprat
Jack Tar
Jack and the Bean Stalk
Jack of all Trades is Master of None
Jack o both Sides
Jack o the Clock
Jack of Dover
Jack of Newbury

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