E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
An actress, and one of the courtesans of Charles II. of England (died 1687). Sir Walter Scott speaks of her twice in Peveril of the Peak; in chap. xi. he speaks of the smart humour of Mrs. Nelly; and in chap. xl. Lord Chaffinch says of Mrs. Nelly, wit she has; let her keep herself warm with it in worse company, for the cant of strollers is not language for a princes chamber.