Friday, 21st November 2014

by Joshua Gaskell

Lieutenant of the Tower, n.

Pronunciation: /lɛfˈtɛnənt əv ðə ˈtaʊə(r)/
Etymology: < lieutenant n. + of prep. + the adj. + tower n.

1. Hist. An officer who, in the 16th and 17th cents., exacted guard duty and had a right to muster a militia from a large area of East London known as the Tower Hamlets.
2. In later use: Lutfur Rahman.