E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Mary Frith, a woman of masculine vigour, who not unfrequently assumed mans attire. She was a notorious thief and cutpurse, who once attacked General Fairfax on Hounslow Heath, for which she was sent to Newgate. She escaped by bribery, and died at last of dropsy in the seventy-fifth year of her age. (Time of Charles I.)