Marrow Controversy to Martin

Marrow Controversy (The). A memorable struggle in Scotland between Puritanism and Presbyterianism, so called from a book entitled The Marrow of Modern Divinity, condemned by the General Assembly in 1720. Abelli, Bishop of Rhodes, wrote the Medulla Theologica.

Marrow-men The twelve ministers who signed the remonstrance to the General Assembly for condemning the evangelical doctrines of the “Marrow.” (See Marrow Controversy .)

Marry! An oath, meaning by Mary, the Virgin.

“Yea, marry! you say true.”- Foxe: Book of Martyrs
Marry Come Up! An exclamation of disapproval, about equal to “Draw it mild!” May Mary come up to my assistance, or to your discomfort!

“Marry come up, you saucy jade!”- Nineteenth Century. November, 1892, p. 797
Mar's Year The year 1715, noted for the rebellion of the Earl of Mar.

“Auld uncle John wha wedlock's joys.
Sin Mar's year did desire.”
Burns: Halloween, 27
Mars with the ancient alchemists, designated iron.

Mars Under this planet “is borne theves and robbers nyght walkers and quarell pykers, bosters, mockers, and skoffers; and these men of Mars causeth warre, and murther, and batayle. They wyll be gladly smythes or workers of yron ... lyers, gret swerers. ... He is red and angry ... a great walker, and a maker of swordes and knyves, and a sheder of mannes blode ... and good to be a barboure and a blode letter, and to drawe tethe.” (Compost of Ptholomeus.)
   Mars, in Camoën's Lusiad, is “divine fortitude” personified. As Bacchus, the evil demon, is the guardian power of Mahometanism; so Mars or divine fortitude is the guardian power of Christianity.
   The Mars of Portugal. Alfonso de Albuquerque, Viceroy of India. (1452- 1515.)

Marseillaise (3 syl.). The grand song of the French Revolution. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, an artillery officer in garrison at Strasbourg, composed both the words and the music for Dietrich mayor of the town. On July 30th, 1792, the Marseillaise volunteers, invited by Barbaroux at the instance of Madame Roland, marched to Paris singing the favourite song; and the Parisians, enchanted with it, called it the Hymne des Marseillais. (Rouget born 1760, died 1835.)

Marseilles' Good Bishop In 1720 and 1722 the plague made dreadful havoc at Marseilles. The Bishop, H. F. Xavier de Belsunce, was indefatigable in the pastoral office, and spent his whole time visiting the sick. During the plague of London, Sir John Lawrence, the then Lord Mayor, was no less conspicuous in his benevolence. He supported 40,000 dismissed servants so long as his fortune lasted, and, when he had spent his own money, collected and distributed the alms of the nation. Darwin refers to these philanthropists in his Loves of the Plants, ii, 433. (See Borromeo .)

Marsh [Le Marais]. The pit of the National Convention, between Mountain benches on one side, and those occupied by the ministerial party and the opposition on the other. These middle men or “flats” were “swamped,” or enforcés dans un marais by those of more decided politics. (See Plain .)

Marshal means an ostler or groom. His original duty was to feed, groom, shoe, and physic his master's horse. (British, marc, a mare; scalc, a servant.)
   Marshal Forward. Blucher; so called for his dash and readiness in the campaign of 1813.
   Marshal of the Army of God, and of Holy Church. The Baron Robert Fitzwalter, appointed by his brother barons to lead their forces in 1215 to obtain from King John redress of grievances. Magna Charta was the result.

Marsham (Men of). Those who committed the offence of felling the thorns, etc., in 1646, upon Marsham Heath, Norfolk. The inhabitants of Marshall and tenants of the manor petitioned against the offenders.

Marsiglio or Marsilius. A Saracen king who plotted the attack upon Roland, under “the tree on which Judas hanged himself.” With a force of 600,000 men, divided into three armies, he attacked the paladin

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