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House of Commons Manuscript Journal on Serjeant and Mace

Since the inception of the Office of the Serjeant at Arms, the Mace has been its most recognisable symbol under both its Royal and Parliamentary auspices. Over many centuries it has retained its importance not just as a ceremonial emblem but also as a tool of authority within the House. This was never more so than in the 17th century as this extract from the House of Commons Journal for 16 May 1614 suggests, it makes reference to the Serjeant at Arms being sent to bring some ‘Kings learned Counsel' to the House; ‘The Serjeant sent with his Mace for them; and questioned, whether any may speak whilst the Mace is gone; and overruled they may'.  The Serjeant at this time was Edward Grimstone, who held the post for thirty years.