Robin Hood and his sheep
From International Robin Hood Bibliography
|Folk name||Robin Hood and his sheep|
|Binomial name||Pteridium aquilinum (bracken; common bracken)|
|First recorded||c. 1895-97|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-07-24. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-23.
"Robin Hood and his sheep" and "Robin Hood and his men" were noted in c. 1895-97 as Lincolnshire folk names for bracken: "The Bracken [sic] stalk or root just level with the ground, cut slanting so as to show its dark centre."
- Woodruffe-Peacock, E. Adrian, compil. Lincolnshire Folk Names for Plants (Horncastle, 1894-97), p. 29.
- Gutch, Mrs, compil.; Peacock, Mabel, compil. County Folk-Lore vol. 5. Printed Extracts No. VII. Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning Lincolnshire (Publications of the Folk-Lore Society, vol. LXIII) (London, 1908), p. 19.