Knights of the Shire Law and Legal Definition
Knights of the shire are representatives of counties belong to middle class between the barons and the peasants, acting as members of parliament for their county.
In English and Welsh politics, from mediaeval times, the knights of the shire have been representatives of counties sent to parliament. After the formation of the Parliament of England, two knights of the shire were elected to represent each English county. This is an informal term used for English and Welsh members of parliament representing rural rather than urban areas.