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Cinque-ports, five English havens lying towards France: Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich; to which afterwards Winchelsea and Rye have been added. Being under obligation to furnish ships in war at their own expense, they enjoyed, in return, particular privileges, as that of sending two members to parliament, called “barons of the C.:” H8 IV, 1, 49.
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