1585 - Buck, John - Pension Book of Gray's Inn

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1585-86
Author Buck, John
Title Pension Book of Gray's Inn
Mentions Robin Hood's stake [archery target at Finsbury Fields]

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-31. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-11.


Item for my [John Buck's] charges of horse hire & other expenses in rydinge to Nonsuche to her Maties Court wth aunswere to the Counsailers towching Robin Hoods stake defacing viiis viid[1]

Source notes

Bracket as in printed source. 'Fletcher[2] cites a letter from students at Gray's Inn concerning this case.

IRHB comments

The archery targets, "stakes", on Finsbury Fields had names. One of them was Robin Hood's Stake;[3] presumably this was the object of the vandals' attention. The writer of the account item, John Buck, was a butler, later steward, at Gray's Inn.[4] This item has not been noted in previous studies.




Also see


  1. Fletcher, Reginald James, ed. The Pension Book of Gray's Inn (Records of the Honourable Society) 1569-1669 (London, 1901-10), vol. I, p. 489.
  2. Fletcher. op. cit., vol. I, p. 489 n. 1.,
  3. K., A. J. 'Archery in Finsbury Fields', Gentleman's Magazine, vol. CII (1832), pp. 209-13; see p. 210 & n. ✝.
  4. See Fletcher. op. cit., vol. I, pp. 39, 71, 96,128 (bis), 128 n. 1, 142, 146, 483 (bis), 488 (bis).