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1836 - Crabtree, John - Concise History of Halifax (2)

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Date 1836
Author Crabtree, John
Title A Concise History of the Parish and Vicarage of Halifax, in the County of York
Mentions Robert, earl of Huntingdon; Robin Hood's epitaph [spurious]; Kirklees; [Robin Hood's Grave]

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-09-18.

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We have no evidence to shew what might be the state of the population in all the out-townships, at an early period of our history, [p. 311:] but some inference may be drawn even as far back as the olden time when "Robert, earl of Huntingdon," ranged the forest of Sowerbyshire.

     "Nea arcir vir as him sa geud
     An pipl kauld him Kobin Heud;
     Sic utlauz az he, an iz men,
     Vil Inglonde nivr si agen."

At least so says his epitaph. Tradition says, his remains lies under an ancient cross at Kirklees, where he died in 1274.[1]

IRHB comments

John Crabtree's book is a somewhat condensed and modernized paraphrase of Watson, a sad example of plagiarism.

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