E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
He is a Marquis of Carabas. A fossil nobleman, of unbounded pretensions and vanity, who would fain restore the slavish foolery of the reign
of Louis XIV.; one with Fortunatuss purse, which was never empty. The character is taken from Perraults tale of Puss in Boots.