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  Usher of the Black Rod in the Senate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Lieutenant-Commander Terrance Christopher was appointed as the Usher of the Black Rod for the Senate of Canada on December 9, 2002.
The name Usher of the Black Rod comes from the ebony cane that Black Rod, as the individual is called by the Speaker of the Senate and the Senators, carries as a symbol of authority.
The Usher of the Black Rod is a floor officer of the Senate and is responsible for security in the Senate Chamber.
www.parl.gc.ca /information/about/people/senate/leaders_officers/BlackRod-e.htm   (513 words)

  
  Encyclopedia: Black Rod   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Black Rod is formally appointed by the Crown based on a recruitment search performed by the Clerk of the Parliaments, to whom he reports.
Black Rod further has the task of arresting any Lord or Senator guilty of breach of privilege or other Parliamentary offence, such as contempt or disorder, or the disturbance of the House's proceedings.
Currently, Black Rod is most prominent for his part in the ceremonies surrounding the State Opening of Parliament and the Throne speech.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Black-Rod   (1531 words)

  
 Black Rod
Black Rod is a traditional official of the House of Lords of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and also the Lord Chamberlain[?]'s Department.
The official title is "Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod" and the title is derived from his staff of office, an ebony staff topped with a golden lion.
Black Rod has a number of official duties, he is the personal attendant of the sovereign in the Lords, the usher and doorkeeper at meetings of the Order of the Garter, and he is responsible for maintaining order in the Lords.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/bl/Black_Rod.html   (320 words)

  
 Black Rod -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, generally shortened to just Black Rod, is an official of a figure in the parliaments of a number of (A world organization of autonomous states that are united in allegiance to a central power but are not subordinate to it or to one another) Commonwealth countries.
The Black Rod is thus only used on visits from the (An elected official serving as deputy to the governor of a state of the United States) Lieutenant Governors.
Black Rod further has the task of arresting any Lord or Senator guilty of breach of ((law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship) privilege or other Parliamentary offence, such as contempt or disorder, or the disturbance of the House's proceedings.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/B/Bl/Black_Rod.htm   (631 words)

  
 Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod
Black Rod is also the official messenger from the House of Lords to the House of Commons, most notably during the state opening of Parliament.
Black Rod is also the first usher of the court and the kingdom, and as such takes part in all court and other ceremonials.
Furthermore, Black Rod is the principal usher of the Order of the Garter, with duties including the guarding of the door at a chapter of the knights.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Gentleman+Usher+of+the+Black+Rod   (349 words)

  
 ipedia.com: Black Rod Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, generally shortened to just Black Rod, is an official of the House of Lords of the British Parliament, representing the Sovereign and as Serjeant-at-Arms, and also of the Lord Chamberlain's Department.
Either Black Rod or his deputy, the Yeoman Usher, is required to be present when the House of Lords is in session, and takes part in the induction of all new Lords Temporal into the House (that is, he does not take part in the introduction of bishops as new Lords Spiritual.
Currently, Black Rod is most prominent for his part in the ceremonies surrounding the State Opening of Parliament and the monarch's speech in the Lords.
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 USHER - LoveToKnow Article on USHER   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
He was descended from the house of Nevill, one of whose scions, accompanying John Plantagenet to Ireland in the capacity of usher in 1185, adopted his official title as a surname.
James Usher was sent to a school in Dublin opened by two political agents of James VI.
For many years Usher was actively employed both in the government of his diocese and in the publication of several learned works, amongst which may be specified Emmanuel (a treatise upon the Incarnation), published in 1638, and rum Ecclesiarum Antiquitates, in 1639.
76.1911encyclopedia.org /U/US/USHER.htm   (670 words)

  
 Civilization.ca - Hold onto Your Hats! - Hat Lore
Bicorne of the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod,
Three knocks, and the Sergeant-at-Arms opens the door to the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, personal emissary of the Governor-General.
The inheritor of mediaeval British pageantry, Black Rod makes several ritual bows and pronounce-ments and then begins a stately march to the Senate chambers, followed by the members of the House, who assemble to hear the Governor-General read the Speech from the Throne.
www.civilization.ca /hist/hats/sp14eng.html   (106 words)

  
 House of Lords -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Black Rod (as the Gentleman Usher is normally known) is responsible for ceremonial arrangements, is in charge of the House's doorkeepers, and may (upon the order of the House) take action to end disorder or disturbance in the Chamber.
Black Rod also holds the office of Serjeant-at-Arms of the House of Lords, and in this capacity attends upon the Lord Chancellor.
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod's duties may be delegated to the Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod or to the Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/h/ho/house_of_lords.htm   (7121 words)

  
 Legislative Council - Upper House Traditions
The Black Rod itself, a symbol of authority carried by the Usher, is similar in appearance to the one used in the House of Lords.
The Rod was used for the first time when His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, was present in the Legislative Council Chamber to deliver a message from Her Majesty the Queen commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the first meeting of the Council.
During a sitting though, the current rod is placed at the end of the Clerk’s table in front of the Usher of the Black Rod, to signify that the House is in Session.
www.parliament.nsw.gov.au /prod/web/common.nsf/key/LCAbout   (1389 words)

  
 Black Rod - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prior to 2002 the office of Black Rod in the United Kingdom was held by a retired senior officer of either the British Army, the Royal Navy or the Royal Air Force and was rotated between each service.
The present Black Rod is Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Willcocks.
In the United Kingdom the office was created in 1350 by royal letters patent, though the current title dates from 1522.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Black_Rod   (669 words)

  
 Parliament of Australia: Senate: Publications - Senate Briefs
Under the direction of either the President or the Senate, the Usher of the Black Rod may be required to assist with the removal of a senator who the Senate has determined is disrupting proceedings or to arrange for the removal of any person who causes a disturbance in the Senate, its galleries or committees.
Modelled on the design of the Rod used by the Legislative Council of New South Wales, the Black Rod was manufactured by Griffith Limited in Sydney in 1927 for the opening of the Provisional Parliament House in Canberra.
Whenever a division or quorum is to be determined, the Usher of the Black Rod supervises locking the chamber doors before the beginning of a count.
www.aph.gov.au /SENATE/pubs/briefs/brief16.htm   (578 words)

  
 The State Opening of Parliament
A specially appointed Gentleman Usher carries the Sword of State and the street liners pay compliments to the Regalia as they pass by, showing the symbolic respect due to them.
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, in his capacity as the Sovereign's Messenger, makes his way to the House of Commons.
Black Rod then knocks three times and, when the door is eventually opened, he conveys his message.
www.army.mod.uk /ceremonialandheritage/household/parliament.htm   (993 words)

  
 ninemsn Encarta - Search Results - Rod   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
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 UK Parliament - Black Rod
Black Rod is a senior officer of the House of Lords.
The Clerk of the Parliaments, to whom Black Rod reports, is in overall charge of the administration of the House, which provides all other services for members.
Black Rod is sent from the chamber in the Lords to the chamber in the House of Commons to summon MPs to hear the Queen's Speech.
www.parliament.uk /about/how/principal/black_rod.cfm   (291 words)

  
 usher - definition by dict.die.net
Ushering.] To introduce or escort, as an usher, forerunner, or harbinger; to forerun; -- sometimes followed by in or forth; as, to usher in a stranger; to usher forth the guests; to usher a visitor into the room.
The Examiner was ushered into the world by a letter, setting forth the great genius of the author.
Note: There are various officers of this kind attached to the royal household in England, including the gentleman usher of the fl rod, who attends in the House of Peers during the sessions of Parliament, and twelve or more gentlemen ushers.
dict.die.net /usher   (161 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited | Today's issues | The state opening of parliament
The gentleman usher of the fl rod is the Queen's messenger, who has to summon the House of Commons into the royal presence in the House of Lords.
This takes the form of slamming the door of the chamber in the fl rod's face, whereupon he raps on it three times with the eponymous ebony stick, and is allowed in to deliver the royal summons.
No. The gentleman usher of the fl rod is actually a rather important parliamentary official, with responsibility for the smooth running of the House of Lords.
www.guardian.co.uk /theissues/article/0,6512,509889,00.html   (706 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | UK | Politics | Black Rod
Black Rod is a senior official of the House of Lords responsible for its day to day management.
Black Rod also performs an important ceremonial duty at the state opening of Parliament each year.
Black Rod then hammers on the door with the rod which he carries and is named after.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/low/uk_politics/81909.stm   (173 words)

  
 Royal Insight > Out and About > The State Opening of Parliament
The Queen took her seat in the House of Lords before the Lord Great Chamberlain signalled to Black Rod to summon the House of Commons.
The Sovereign's Messenger, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, made his way from the Lords to the Commons.
Black Rod then stated: "Mr Speaker, The Queen commands this Honourable House to attend Her Majesty immediately in the House of Peers." Members of the House of Commons then approached the House of Lords and assembled at the opposite end to the throne to listen to The Queen's speech.
www.royal.gov.uk /output/page3616.asp   (602 words)

  
 Introduction (House of Lords) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod or his deputy
After bowing to the Lord Chancellor for the third time, the peers would, along with the Garter Principal King of Arms and the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, leave the Chamber, with the new peer shaking hands with the Lord Chancellor as he left.
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and the Garter Principal King of Arms do not take part.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Introduction_(House_of_Lords)   (928 words)

  
 Ceremonial positions - a history of New Zealand's House of Representatives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Legislative Council had its equivalent of the Sergeant-at-Arms, known as the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, or Black Rod for short.
The rod itself was initially just a plain fl wooden staff, a little like a billiard cue, but that used since 1931 is more ornate.
Black Rod became a ceremonial position once the Legislative Council was abolished at the end of 1950, and today, Black Rod plays an important part in the official opening of Parliament.
www.nzhistory.net.nz /Gallery/parlt-hist/staff-cere-monial.html   (800 words)

  
 The Most Noble Order of the Garter.
It is furnished with a plume of white ostrich feathers and a tuft of fl heron feathers, fastened to the Hat by a badge bearing the design of a white enamelled shield bearing the Cross of St George all within a blue enamelled Garter with the motto in gold.
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod wears a crimson robe with the shield of St George on the left shoulder.
The fl rod he carries is ensigned by the Royal Lion bearing a shield of St George.
www.churchill-society-london.org.uk /garter.html   (2408 words)

  
 gentleman - definition by dict.die.net
gentleman n 1: a man of refinement 2: a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer; "Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man" [syn: valet, valet de chambre, gentleman's gentleman, man]
Gentleman commoner, one of the highest class of commoners at the University of Oxford.
Gentleman usher, one who ushers visitors into the presence of a sovereign, etc. Gentleman usher of the fl rod, an usher belonging to the Order of the Garter, whose chief duty is to serve as official messenger of the House of Lords.
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 BBC NEWS | Programmes | BBC Parliament | Inside Westminster: Black Rod   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Sir Michael Willcocks became 'Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Serjeant at Arms of the House of Lords' on 9 May 2001.
Traditionally Black Rod is a man of arms and Sir Michael is no exception, a Lieutenant General with a glittering military record.
Black Rod's origins stem from the 14th century but it was not until Henry VIII's reign that the office was mentioned in statute.
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 Palace of Westminster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Victoria Tower Gardens is open as a public park along the side of the river south of the palace.
Black Rod's Garden (named after the office of Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod) is closed to the public and is used as a private entrance.
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod oversees security for the House of Lords, whilst the Serjeant-at-Arms does the same for the House of Commons.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Palace_of_Westminster   (4289 words)

  
 Garter_dress
The Officers of the Order, Garter King of Arms, Registrar, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, and the Secretary all wear crimson mantles, lined with white taffeta adorned on the left shoulder with the shield of St George (like the knights).
The present design dates from 1556, and by the time of King Charles II a narrow brimmed hat with a stiff pleated crown, and of fl velvet, and a towerign plume of white ostrich and fl heron's feathers was worn.
A Black Rod is carried by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.
www.geocities.com /noelcox/Garter_Dress.htm   (3075 words)

  
 BBC - History Trail - Church & State
The full title of this officer of state is the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.
Once the monarch is seated in the Royal Throne, he is sent to the Commons Chamber to summon the House of Commons to hear the Speech from the Throne.
Black Rod is also responsible for day to day issues at the Palace of Westminster, such as accommodation, security and services within the House of Lords.
www.bbc.co.uk /history/lj/churchlj/popup_rod.html   (110 words)

  
 UK Politics - Glossary - B
The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod is more usually known simply as Black Rod.
He is known to the public for the important role he plays in the ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament, when he is sent to the House of Commons to summon MPs to the House of Lords to hear the Queen's Speech.
Black Rod is responsible for accommodation, security and services in the House of Lords.
www.britain.tv /ukpolitics_glossary_b.shtml   (932 words)

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