E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Rota or Rota Men.
A political club formed in 1651 by Harrington, author of Ocana. Its objects were to introduce rotation in office, and voting by ballot. It met at the Turks Head, in New Palace Yard, Westminster, where the members drew up a popular form of commonwealth, which will be found in Harringtons Oceana. It was called Rota because a third part of the members were roted out by ballot every year, and were not eligible for re-election for three years.