Martha or Patty, says Gay, was the daughter of a Lincolnshire
farmer, with whom the village blacksmith fell in love. To save her from
wet feet when she went to milk the cows, the village Mulciber invented
a clog, mounted on iron, which he called patty, after his
mistress. This pretty fable is of no literary value, as the word is the
French patin (a high-heeled shoe or skate), from the Greek patein (to walk).
“The patten now supports each frugal dame, Which from the blue-eyed
Patty takes its name.” Gay: Trivia, i.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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