(Bully). A noted London sharper, who swaggered and led a most abandoned life about Blackfriars, in the reign of Charles II. ( See Jemmy Dawson.)
“Bully Dawson kicked by half the town, and half the town kicked by Bully Dawson.” —Charles Lamb.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894