One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A division of civilian soldiers in London and other areas of England, in particular in the Stuart period.
- ‘In the late sixteenth century armed and trained militias (called trainbands) were formed in London to form the core of the national army for defence against the threat from Spain.’
- ‘All night we heard beating of drums, and all the trainbands were up, but no restraint to the torrent.’
- ‘After them march the guilds and trades and trainbands.’
- ‘When the fear of an alliance between the deposed Stuart and Louis XIV seized England, and her colonies, the trainbands in New York were required every day to go to the fort.’
- ‘He had been chosen lieutenant in the local trainband in 1729, at age 48.’
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