Robin Hood's Grave

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Robin Hood's Grave is a name given to a number of monuments in England said to mark the last resting place of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood. Examples include:

Hear underneath dis laitl stean
Laz robert earl of Huntingtun
Ne’er arcir ver as hie sa geud
An pipl kauld im robin heud
Sick [such] utlawz as he an iz men
Vil england nivr si agen
Obiit 24 kal: Dekembris, 1247.
Robin Hood's Grave in the woods near Kirklees Priory

The alleged gravestone of Robin Hood's closest living companion at the time of his death, Little John, who was said to be with Robin on the day he died by treachery at the hands of the Abbess of Kirklees, is found in St. Michael's Church graveyard in Hathersage, West Yorkshire, under a yew tree. The inscription reads:

Here Lies Buried Little John The Friend & Lieutenant of Robin Hood

He Died In A Cottage (Now Destroyed) To The East of The Churchyard The Grave Is Marked By This Old Headstone & Footstone And Is Underneath The Old Yew

In 1784 Captain James Shuttleworth exhumed the grave to find the bones of a man over seven feet tall.[1]

The site is situated on private property and, as of March 2013, is under new – and still private – management.


Further reading[edit]

  • Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends (Penguin, 2005) p. 830

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