On September 1, 1715, Louis XIV, France's Sun King, passed. Scott refers to Louis in Old Mortality:
"As few, in the present age, are acquainted with the ponderous folios to which the age of Louis XIV gave rise, that they combine the dulness of metaphysical courtship with all the improbabilities of the ancient romance of chivalry. Their character will most easily be learned from Boileau's Dramatic Satire, or Mrs. Lennox's Female Quixote."
Louis is also referenced several times in Scott's Life of Napoleon.