- 1562, Statute of the Realm 5, Elizabeth I, cap. 23
- When any person or persons shall yield his or their body or bodies to the hands of the sheriff or other officer, upon any of the said writs of capias, that then the same party or parties that shall so yield themselves, shall remain in prison and custody of the said sheriff or other officer, without bail, baston or mainprize, in such like manner and form, to all intents and purposes, as he or they should or ought to have done, if he or they had been apprehended and taken upon the said writ of excommunicato capiendo.
- 1607, John Cowell, The Interpreter of Words and Terms
- Baston, is a French Word signifying a Staff or Club, and by the Statures of our Realm, denotes one of the Wardens of the Fleet's Servants or Officers, that attendeth the King's Court with a painted Staff, for the taking into Custody such as are committed by the Court.
- 1876, Herbert Mozley and George Whiteley, A Concise Dictionary of Law
- Baston (Bâton). A French word signifying a staff or club. In the statutes it sometimes denotes an officer in attendance upon the king's court with a painted staff, for the taking into custody persons committed by the court.
Old French baston