• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Marshalsea The court or seat of a marshal; hence, the prison in Southwark, belonging to the marshal of the king's household.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n marshalsea In England— The seat or court of the marshal of the royal household.
    • n marshalsea [capitalized] A prison in Southwark. London, under the jurisdiction of the marshal of the royal household. It was abolished in 1842, and the prisoners, together with those from the Fleet prison, were placed in the Queen's Bench prison (known as the Queen's prison until its discontinuance in 1862).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Marshalsea till 1842 a prison in Southwark, under the marshal of the royal household
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Marshal, + OE. se, a seat. See See a seat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mareschal (Fr. maréchal); from Old High Ger. marah, a horse, schalh (Ger. schalk), a servant.


In literature:

The Marshalsea wouldn't be like the Marshalsea now, without you and your family.
"Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens
The door of the Marshalsea Prison stood open like a great black mouth.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
Some of the captives were destined for the New Prison in Southwark, others for Newgate, and a few for the Marshalsea.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
The Marshalsea described in the last was also a proprietary concern.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Again the altar was set up in Saint Paul's Cathedral; and when Bishop Bonner came from the Marshalsea, great rejoicing was made.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
The Marshalsea prison of Little Dorrit is the place where for two years he went in and out.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
When he further refused to subscribe to that loan himself he was imprisoned in the Marshalsea and at Depford.
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
Her father, before she was born, had lost all his money through a business failure, and had thus been thrown into the Marshalsea.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
As vivid a reminiscence as any is that of the old debtors' prison of Marshalsea.
"Dickens' London" by Francis Miltoun
The Marshalsea was also closed, and its three prisoners were also transferred.
"Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign" by John Ashton