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"of the manor born"

Posted by NeilB on April 09, 2001

In Reply to: "Of the manor born" posted by ESC on April 08, 2001

: : : Never heard this phrase b4! I need a reply! Can anybody please explain what "of the manor born" means? Important.
: : : TY, Celina :)

: : I'm pretty sure it means " A person that is born to wealthy people". Coming from the old times where wealthy Barons and other royalty lived in large homes or Manors.

: Someone just told me that there is British TV show "To the Manor Born." But that's a pun. The phrase is "to the manner born." (See my other post.)
Can't comment on the Shakespear quote but there was indeed a British Sitcom called 'To the Manor born.' Starred Penelope Keith and Richard Somebody. Basically a story about
rich lady fallen on hard times can't aford to keep Manor so sells it to Supermarket chain
owner. She moves into the gate keeper cottage etc etc.

So being 'To the Manor born' would mean born to the wealthy or at least large home owner!