What is Ancients?

Legal Definition
English law. A term for gentlemen in the Inns of Courts who are of a certain standing. In the Middle Temple, all who have passed their readings are termed ancients. In Gray's Inn, the ancients are the oldest barristers; besides which the society consists of benchers, barristers and students. In the Inas of Chancery, it conts of ancients, and students or clerks.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
In English law. Gentlemen of the Inns of court and chancery. In Gray's Inn the society consiste of benchers, ancients, barristers, and students under the bar ; and here the ancients are of the oldest barristers. In the Middle Temple, those who had passed their readings used to be termed "ancients." The Inns of Chancery consist of ancients and students or clerks; from the ancients a principal or treasurer is chosen yearly. Wharton.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
Those who have attained peculiar seniority at the Inns of Court.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary