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Doncaster Features: Famous Doncastrian: Robin Hood

Robin Hood, of Barnsdale near Donny

Robin Hood

Sherwood Forest's most notorious medieval outlaw who reputedly robbed from the rich and gave to the poor, is rumoured to have roamed these areas from Nottinghamshire and Sherwood Forest north through to Barnsdale (north of Doncaster). There is more myth than fact by some way, but it is important that we document both.

Barnsdale was often mentioned in the early ballads of Robin Hood's tales.

Robin Hood's alleged death has been documented in the legendary verse of Gest at the hands of Sir Roger of Doncaster.

Robin Hood's Well

Robin Hood's Well is situated on the Great North Road north of Hampole.

Little John's Well

Little John's Well/Cave is a site near Robin Hood's Well and Skellow.

David of Doncaster

David of Doncaster is a member of Robin Hood's Merry Men in English folklore, appearing in (at least) one ballad in the Child collection, Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow. The sheriff is giving an archery contest, and David, "a brave young man," warns Robin against going, because it is a trap.

He reappears in later adaptations, both books and movies. In Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, he appears as one of the youngest in the band, and a wrestler. In A Gest of Robyn Hode, Sir Richard at the Lee saves an anonymous yeoman wrestler, who had won in a bout but was nearly murdered because he was a stranger, and apologized for the delay, with Robin saying that helping any yeomen pleases him. In Pyle's account, the wrestler is David of Doncaster, and Robin is deeply grateful. He also appears in various other adventures as a minor character.

In Clayton Emery's Tales of Robin Hood, David is a dependable Merry Man who wears his dark hair long since Royal Foresters cut off his ears!

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield

The name for the new airport at Finningley caused controversy and continues to do so, but in honour of the area's most romantic mythical character it is called Robin Hood Airport

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