E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A testy, gouty, benevolent, country squire, in Smolletts novel of Humphrey Clinker. Colman has introduced the same character as Sir Robert Bramble in his Poor Gentleman. Sheridans Sir Anthony Absolute is of the same type.
Ant I a baronet? Sir Robert Bramble at Blackberry Hall, in the county of Kent? Tis time you should know it, for you have been my clumsy, two-flsted valet-de-chambre these thirty years.The Poor Gentleman, iii. 1.