1 In several of the writs for distraint of knighthood from Henry III.
It is familiar in the titles, showing the colour of their wands of office, of the gentlemen ushers of the three principal British orders of knighthood, the ushers of the Garter and St Patrick being "Ushers of the Black Rod," and of the Thistle "Green Rod."
Niall Og O'Neill, one of the four kings of Ireland, accepted knighthood from Richard II.
For the modern order of the Golden Fleece, see Knighthood And Chivalry, section Orders of Knighthood.
" The growth of knighthood " (writes Stubbs) " is a subject on which the greatest obscurity prevails ": and, though J.