ROBIN HOOD, THE GREAT OUTLAW.
Robin Hood, alias Earl of Huntington, the famous outlaw and archer of the 13th century, according to Hunter's opinion, was born at Wakefield, and his name appears in several transactions in our Manor Court. His true name was Robert Fitzooth. He was descended from Gilbert de Gaunt, Earl of Ryme and Lindsay. His arms were gules, two bends, engrailed or.
Several places have claimed Robin Hood as a native, but among the many anecdotes handed down from him are some connecting him with the Pinder of Wakefield.
Robin, on one occasion dressed, as usual, in Lincoln Green, with bow and arrow, short sword, and bugle horn, appeared with his men in Wakefield Park, and the Pinder challenged him to combat. The bold defender of the Manor proved the victor. The Wakefield woods abounded with game, and the freebooter paid us several visits. He is said to have died at Kirk-Lees, near Leeds, on the 20th September, 1247. Old and worn out, and feeling unwell, he applied at the convent for relief by bleeding, when the monk allowed him to bleed to death in order to relieve society of such a troublesome fellow. He was a man of generous impulses; he never molested the poor, but often took the part of the weak.
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