One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gown worn by a barrister who is not a Queen's (or King's) Counsel.
- ‘He had begun his practice early, and had worked in a stuff gown till he was nearly sixty.’
- ‘On the morning of his appointment he met the future Viscount Melville who, he observed, had already resumed the ordinary stuff gown which advocates generally wore.’
- ‘The requirements are therefore varied as follows: Queen's Counsel wear a short wig and silk gown over a court coat; junior counsel wear a short wig and stuff gown with bands; solicitors and other advocates wear a black stuff gown and bands, but no wig.’
- ‘Up to the end of the seventeenth century, any costume officially recognised, other than that in ordinary use in the Hall of the Inns of Court - the cloth or stuff gown of the Utter Barrister, and the one with the black velvet and tufts of silk which was worn by the Readers and Benchers.’
- ‘Considering their origin and their connection with the royal court it is not surprising that king's counsel should adopt some rich and foppish form of Bar dress, and like gentlemen-commoners among commoners take to a silk instead of a stuff gown.’
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