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another under his feet ; that his bows and arrows should be laid by his side; and that his grave was to be made of “gravel and green,” that the people might say, “ Ilere lies bold Robin Hood.” All this was readily promised, which pleased him very much, and “there they buried bold Robin Hood, near to the fair Kirkleys."
Note. “Robin IIood was born at Locksley, in the county of Nottingham, in the reign of King Henry the Second, and about the year of Clirist 1100. His extraction was noble, and his true name Robert Fitzootii, wbich vulgarly pronounced easily corrupted into Robin Hood. He is frequently styled, and commonly reputed to bave been, EARL of HuntingDox; à title to which, in the latter part of his life at least, he actually appears to have had some sort of pretension. In his youth he is reported to have been of a wild and extravagant disposition, insomuch that his inheritance being consumed or forfeited by his excesses, and his person outlawed for debt, either from necessity or choice, he sought an asylum in the woods and forests, with which immense tracts, espiecially in the northern parts of the kingdom, were at that time covered. Of these he chiefly affected Barnsdale in Yorkshire; Sherwood in Nottinghamshire; and, according to some, Plumpton park in Cumberland. Here he either found, or was afterwards joined by, a number of persons in similar circumstances, who appear to have considered and obeyed him as their chief or leader, and of whom his principal favourites, or those in whose courage and fidelity he most confided, were Little Join (whose surname is said to have been Nailor), WILLIAM SCADLOCK (Scathlock, or Scarlet), GEORGE A GREEN, pinder (or pound-keeper), of Wakefield, Mucir, a miller's son, and a certain monk or friar, named Tuck. He is likewise said to have been accompanied in his retreat by a female, of whom he was enamoured, and whose real or adopted name was MARIAN.
“Ilaving, for a long series of years, maintained a sort of independent sovereignty, and set kings, judges, and magistrates at defiance, a proclamation was published offering a considerable reward for bringing him in either dead or alive; which, however, seems to have been productive of no greater success than former attempts for that purpose. At length, the infirmities of old age increasing upon him, and desirous to be relieved, in a fit of sickness, by being let blood, he applied for that purpose to the prioress of Kirkleys Nunnery in Yorkshire, his relation, (women, and particularly religious women, being in those times, somewhat better skilled in surgery than the sex is at present), by whom he was treacherously suffered to bleed to death. This event happened on the 18th of November, 1247, being the thirty-first year of King Henry III. and (if the date assigned to his birth be correct), about the 87th of his age. He was interred under some trees, at a short distance from the house; a stone being placed over his grave, with an inscription to his memory." Ritson.