Mother Douglas

A noted procuress, introduced in The Minor by Foote. She also figures in Hogarth's March to Finchley. Mother Douglas resided at the north-east corner of Covent Garden; her house was superbly furnished and decorated. She grew very fat, and with pious up-turned eyes used to pray for the safe return of her. “babes” from battle. She died 1761.

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