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Who were John-a-Nokes and Tom-a-Stiles?

From the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue: Nokes: A ninny, or fool. John-a-Nokes and Tom-a-Stiles; two honest peaceable gentlemen, repeatedly set together by the ears by lawyers of different denominations: two fictitious names formerly used in law proceedings, but now very seldom, having for several years past been supplanted by two other honest peaceable [...]