Queen Bess n.
in cards, the queen of clubs.
|Gent.’s Mag. LXI 141: The Queen of Clubs is... called Queen Bess... The Nine of Diamonds, the curse of Scotland.|
|Durham Co. Advertiser 14 Nov. 2/1: Popular names for certain Playing Cards [...] Queen of Clubs...Queen Bess.|
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|Jersey Indep. 14 Jan. 7/4: No one can tell why [...] the queen of clubs [is] ‘Queen Bess’.|
|Aus. Sl. Dict. 63: Queen Bess, the queen of clubs.|
|Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 16 Oct. 5: The four of spades is ‘Ned Stokes’. The Queen of Clubs is called [...] ‘Queen Bess.’ Ans we all know, the nine of diamonds is called the ‘curse of Scotland’.|