Said to be a caricature of Sir Samuel Luke, a patron of Samuel
Butler. The Grub'Street Journal (1731) maintains it was Colonel
Rolle, of Devonshire, with whom the poet lodged for some time, and adds
that the name is derived from Hugh de Bras, the patron saint of the
county He represents the Presbyterian party, and his squire the
`Tis sung there is a valiant Mameluke,
In foreign land ycleped [Sir Samuel Luke].
Butler: Hudibras, i. 1
The cavalier of Elisa of Parsimony. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, book. ii.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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