1901 - Randall, J L - History of Meynell Hounds (3)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
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Date 1901
Author Randall, James Lowndes
Title A History of Meynell Hounds and Country, 1780 to 1901
Mentions Loxley (Bramshall); Robin Hood's Horn (Loxley, Bramshall); Robert de Ferrers; Robin Hood's Birth, Breeding, Valor and Marriage (ballad)
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Loxley (Bramshall).

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-10-14. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-10-25.

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  Loxley is also interesting from its connection with Robin Hood, who is said not only to have been born there, but to have been married there as well. He is thought by some to have been a Robert de Ferrers. To quote the exact words of Mr. Redfern, from whose history and antiquities of Uttoxeter this account is taken, "It is supposed that he may have had the name of Hood from being hooded, and that of Huntingdon from being engaged in hunting, and, although Norman by blood, it is thought not impossible that he might take up the popular cause. There is in existence in the family of Kynersley, an ancient horn having the proud name of Robin Hood's horn, and which was formerly in the possession of the Ferrers of Chartley, and then of the branch of the same family at Loxley, and so passed to the family of Kynersley by the marriage of the heiress of Ferrers with John de Kynardsley. It has the initials R. H., and three horse-shoes, two and one, in a shield, that being the way in which the arms were borne by the first Thomas de Ferrers of Loxley, and probably by a Robert, who preceded him apparently towards the close of the twelfth century; and as they were on the coloured glass (in the house) of which I have spoken, the traditionary connection with Robin Hood is interesting. The horn is mounted with silver ferrules, and has a silver chain attached to it for suspension. . . ."

  With respect to the marriage of Robin Hood at Loxley, an old chronicle states that after his return there from a visit to his uncle Gamewell, in Warwickshire, after certain inquiries concerning his men,

" Cloranda came by,
The queen of the shepherds was she,"

with whom he fell in love, when

"Sir Roger, the parson of Dubridge, was sent for in haste;
He brought his Mass book and bid them take hands,
And joined them in marriage full fast."

[vol. II, p. 187:]  "Dubridge" is the old spelling of Doveridge. Dove is the old British word " Dwfr," which means water.[1]

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Ellipses as in printed source.

IRHB comments

The verse quotations, said to be from 'an old chronicle', are in fact sts. 27:1-2 and 49 of the ballad of Robin Hood's Birth, Breeding, Valor and Marriage (Child 149), which was first printed 1716.[2]

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