n.1.A band of foot soldiers.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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See SP 12/232/2 (May 1, 1590), an elaborate multi-page document listing captains of footbands in Essex along with their companies, including lieutenants, ensign bearers, corporals, drummers, crc, with totals of all the footmen.