1667 - Cosin, John - Household Book
|Title||Household Book 1665-67|
|Mentions||Robin Hood's Well|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-06-22. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-01-07.
Ferrybriggs. — Payd the house bill for meate there, 11s. 6d. Payd for hay and oates there, 6s. 6d. Given the oastlers there, 1s. Given to the poore at Robin hood's well and severall other places to Doncaster, 2s.
John Cosin (1594-1672) was Bishop of Durham 1660-72. There is a neat irony in the bishop's handing out alms near the spot where, according to the ballad of Robin Hood and the Bishop of Hereford, Robin Hood made the latter bishop dance round a tree after paying exorbitantly for his meal. This allusion has not been noted in previous studies.
- Not in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 315-19.
- Outside scope of: Sussex, Lucy, compil. 'References to Robin Hood up to 1600', in: Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 262-88.