Any man of unusual strength; so called from the Judge of
The British Samson.
Thomas Topham, son of a London carpenter. He lifted three hogsheads
of water, weighing 1,836 pounds, in the presence of thousands of
spectators assembled in Bath Street, Coldbath Fields, May 28th, 1741.
Being plagued by a faithless woman, he put an end to his life in the
flower of his age.
The Kentish Samson.
Richard Joy, who died 1742, at the age of 67. His tombstone is in
churchyard, Isle of Thanet.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894