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November 2002
Great Nottinghamians : Robin Hood
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Robin Hood : fact or fiction?
It's difficult to do a chronology of Robin Hood's life, because the legend is so inconsistent.

However, below are some facts about the famous outlaw.



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There are many names that nearly made it onto this list of famous Nottinghamains.

Other famous people from Robin Hood County include:

Ball, Captain Albert VC
Birch, Rob

Blower, Tom
Boot, Sir Jesse
Booth, General William
Bowden, Sir Frank
Bowles, Peter
Byng, Douglas
Byron, Lord John
Clarke, Rt Hon. Kenneth
Clough, Brian OBE
Coates, Eric
Cole, Andy
Cranmer, Thomas
Dance, Sir George
Dwight, Roy
Flowers, Wilfred
Fothergill, Watson
Hallam, Nick
Hewson, Sherrie
Hitchcock, Alma Reville
Hood, Robin
Howe, Lord Admiral Richard
Howitt, T. Cecil
Karno, Fred
Khaliq, Jawaid
Knight, Dame Laura
Larwood, Harold
Lawrence, DH
Lee, Alvin
Lindsey, Robert
McCarthy, Dennis
Meadows, Shane
Mee, Arthur
Owen, Greg
Player, John
Pollard, Su
Randall, Derek
Reynolds, John
Russell, Graham
Sillitoe, Allan
Smith, Paul CBE
Slater, Colin MBE
Stardust, Alvin
Torvill, Jayne MBE & OBE
Trease, Geoffrey
Walker, Chris
Watson, Dave
Westwood, Lee

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Earliest references...
The year 1377 is the earliest reference to Robin Hood, in William Langland's poem, "The vision of William concerning Piers Plowman". Other historical evidence places Robin anywhere between 1190 - 1307. Some ballads mention that Robin Hood was born in Locksley town, Nottinghamshire.
Sherwood Forest...

Legend has it that Robin lived in Sherwood Forest which in his time covered roughly 100,000 acres. Robin is thought to have become an outlaw there by 1225.

His band of merry men apparently resided with Robin in the forest, robbing passersby on Watling Street near the River Went, a street leading straight to London in the South.

Robbing the rich...
Robin is famous for his gallantry, robbing the rich to feed the poor and fighting against injustice and tyranny.
The Sheriff's challenge...
It was on the Market Square that Robin took advantage of an amnesty and won the coveted silver arrow in a contest devised by the Sheriff.
The choice of weapon...
Robin used a longbow as his weapon made of the English "yew" tree.
The wedding...
St. Mary's Church in Edwinstowe is said to be the "church in the forest" where Robin married Marian.
How did he die?

Some say Robin was killed by his princess cousin, in Yorkshire. She was having an affair and bled Robin to death under the guise of medicinal healing to keep him out of the way of her indiscretions.

Another version suggests a monk who was brought to help Robin actually murdered him.

Kirklees Priory is where the supposed grave of Robin Hood can still be seen to this day. A medieval gravestone was found there bearing a partial inscription "here lies Robard Hude..."

The legend of Robin Hood also suggests that after his death, Maid Marian returned to Little Dunmow Priory and was poisoned by the king.

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