Brandy Nan

Queen Anne, who was very fond of brandy (1664, 1702-1714). On the statue of Queen Anne in St. Paul's Churchyard a wit wrote-

Brandy Nan, Brandy Nan, left in the lurch,
Her face to the gin-shop, her back to the church.

A “gin palace” used to stand at the south corner of St. Paul's Churchyard.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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