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Archibald Constable (1774—1827) publisher

Archibald Constable (1890)

chief constable


Constable of France

Country Constable

Cuthbert Constable (c. 1680—1747) antiquary

Henry Constable (1562—1613) polemicist and poet

Henry Constable (1588—1645) landowner and royalist army officer

John Constable (1776—1837) landscape painter and draughtsman

John Constable (1678—1743) Jesuit

John Constable (fl. c. 1501—1530) Latin poet

Robert Constable (c. 1457—1501) lawyer

Sir Marmaduke Constable (c. 1457—1518) soldier and administrator

Sir Robert Constable (c. 1478—1537) rebel

Sir William Constable (c. 1590—1655) parliamentarian army officer and regicide

Smbat the Constable

special constable

William Constable (1783—1861) traveller and photographer

William George Constable (1887—1976) art historian and gallery director


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One of the great medieval offices of state, derived from comes stabuli, count of the stables. The first lord high constable was a supporter of the Empress Matilda, who made him earl of Hereford. It then passed to the Bohuns, on to Thomas of Woodstock, and to his descendant Edward, duke of Buckingham, executed by Henry VIII in 1521. It had acquired responsibility for the mobilization of the army, for the enforcement of martial law, and for adjudication on matters of chivalry. Scottish constables commanded the army and from the time of Robert I the office became hereditary in the Hay family, earls of Erroll.

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