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 Black Rod,Black Russia. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Black Rood of Sootland.
The “piece of the true cross” or rood, set in an ebony crucifix, which Margaret, the wife of King Malcolm, left at death to the Scottish nation. It passed into various hands, but was lost at the Reformation.   1

 Black Rod,Black Russia. 

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