man of mark

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The consideration of an eminent citizen, of a noted merchant, of a man of mark in his profession; a naval and military honor, a general's commission, a marshal's baton, a ducal coronet, the laurel of poets, and, anyhow procured, the acknowledgment of eminent merit, --have this lustre for each candidate that they enable him to walk erect and unashamed in the presence of some persons before whom he felt himself inferior.
He said: "We have a man of Mark Hughes' character and stature in the game getting criticised by people who are not fit to lace his boots."
During a lull in proceedings talk turned to other talented Scottish footballers, the injury-ravaged career of Alex Cropley was mentioned and the comment was made: "Alex was a man of marked contrast...