By the late 19th century, prosthetics vendors would offer peg legs as cheaper alternatives to more intricate life-like artificial legs. Even as vendors touted advantages of more complicated prostheses over simple peg legs, according to a contemporary surgeon, many patients found a peg leg more comfortable for walking. According to medical reports, some amputees were able to adjust to the use of a peg leg so well that they could walk 10, or even 30, miles in one day.
Nowadays, wooden peg legs have been replaced by more modern materials, though some sports prostheses do have the same form.
Notable peg leg wearers
- François Leclerc (~1554), privateer
- Cornelis Jol, (1597–1641), privateer and admiral of the Dutch West India Company
- Peter Stuyvesant (1612–1672), Dutch director-general of New Amsterdam 
- Blas de Lezo (1687–1741), Spanish admiral
- Gouverneur Morris (1752–1816), American politician
- Józef Sowiński (1777–1831), Polish 19th century general
- Albert Chmielowski (1845–1916), polish artist, founder of the Albertine Brothers and Sisters, saint of the Catholic Church
- Daniel Sullivan (~1871), Chicagoan
- Thomas L. "Pegleg" Smith (1801–1866), American prospector
- Robert McAlpin Williamson (1804? – December 22, 1859), nicknamed "Three legged Willie", Republic of Texas Supreme Court Justice, state lawmaker and Texas Ranger.
- Clayton Bates (Peg Leg Bates) (1907–1998), dancer, amputee RAK
- Peg Leg Sam (Arthur Jackson) (1911–1977) American blues musician
- Dennis Collins, British sailor
- Giraud de Mauleon Seigneur de Gourdan, French governor of Calais
- Tobias J. Sirzyk Professional Flutist, prospector. Developed difficulties in his leg following completion of the so-called "mud mile," peg-legged to safety. Plans to pegleg across the English Channel(1990-)
- Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, character from the Harry Potter books and movies.
- Captain Ahab, character in Moby Dick
- Barquentine (Gormenghast), character in Gormenghast.
- Fidget from The Great Mouse Detective.
- Hector Barbossa, a character in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
- Jonathan Small a character in the Sherlock Holmes story The Sign of the Four.
- Pete, Disney's oldest recurring character.
- Seamus, a character in the American animated television series Family Guy who not only has two peglegs, but two peg arms as well.
- Silas Wegg, character in Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
- Wirt, character in the computer games Diablo and Diablo II. His pegleg can be used to open the Secret Cow Level.
Not Quite Peglegs in Fiction
- Cherry Darling, in the Grindhouse film Planet Terror, has a missing leg replaced by an assault rifle.
- Davy Jones, a character in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, was missing a leg, but it was replaced by the leg of a crab.
- Long John Silver in the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson, was missing a leg, but did not have a peg leg. He hopped around on a crutch. Ironically, most people associate him with pirates having peg legs.
- The Scotsman, in the Samurai Jack TV series, has his missing leg replaced by a machine gun.
- Bradford and Foster Brook Railway also known as the "Peg Leg" from its wooden support piles.
- Fulton Chain Railroad also known as the "Peg Leg" from its wooden rails.
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- Marks, George Edwin (1888), A Treatise on Marks' patent artificial limbs with rubber hands and feet, A. A. Marks, p. 47
- Tillmanns, Hermann (1895), Stimson, Lewis Atterbury, ed., itle The principles of surgery and surgical pathology: general rules governing operations and the application of dressings, D. Appleton and company, p. 128
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