Was Robin Hood from YORKSHIRE? Outlaw has more ties to the county than Nottinghamshire, claims expert… Everything you know about the legend of Robin Hood may be wrong, after experts have claimed the outlaw was in fact a Yorkshireman. Refuting centuries-old reports that the villain lived in Sherwood Forest in Nottingham, a curator from a Doncaster museum states evidence suggests otherwise. She claims literary references put Robin Hood firmly in Barnsdale, Doncaster and Pontefract throughout his life – and he was also buried in Kirklees, West Yorkshire.
‘It’s more than likely that Robin Hood was a Yorkshireman,’ said Carolyn Dalton, from Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. ‘Robin Hood’s links to Yorkshire are far stronger historically, the oldest and most detailed stories give details of the north Doncaster and Pontefract area. ‘I think over the years Yorkshire hasn’t made much of the connection. ‘In terms of where Robin and his men lived, history points to Barnsdale near Doncaster.’An epitaph recorded in 1702 claims Robin Hood was buried in Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, where the legend claims he was killed, supposedly by the Sheriff of Nottingham. This grave (pictured above) dates to 1247. ‘Robin Hood & Little John’ from the 50’s British series.
Legend has always stated the leader of the Merry Men originated from Sherwood Forest – the stomping ground of his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham. But Yorkshire historians claim the earliest stories put his origins firmly in Barnsdale – on the border between South and West Yorkshire near Doncaster. The experts argue Yorkshire boasts more points of historical reference than any other county, including the site where Robin Hood’s remains are believed to be buried at Kirklees Priory, near Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Was Robin Hood from YORKSHIRE?
‘Oh Gawd’ please let this be so, as I have a good oppo who I served alongside who accredited Robin Hood with every thing he did “As Nottinghamshire lads – we were brought up with the legend of a true honest folk hero – one of Nottingham’s finest!” Oh to be the first to burst his childhood bubble (I’ve already mailed him the link as he now resides abroad.) Yours Aye.