Raleigh

Sir Walter Scott introduces in Kenilworth the tradition of his laying down his cloak on a miry spot for the queen to step on.

“Hark ye, Master Raleigh, see thou fail not to wear thy muddy cloak, in token of peuitence, till our pleasure be further known,” —Sir Walter Scott: Kenilworth, chap. xv.

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