A stalwart, choleric, sporting parson, editor of the Morning Post in the latter half of the eighteenth century. He was afterwards Sir Henry Bate Dudley, Bart.
When Sir Henry Bate Dudley was appointed an Irish dean, a young lady of Dublin said, “Oh, how I long to see our dane. They say he is a very handsome man, and that he fights like an angel.” —Cassell's Magazine: London Legends, iii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894