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Robin Hood In Scotland

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Throughout the sixteenth century Robin Hood was a well-loved figure in Scotland. This chapter intends to look at the role of Robin Hood in Scottish towns; to assess how far the telling of tales and the enactment or playing of Robin Hood, as the traditional defender of the underprivileged and the personification of resistance, served to placate the fears or concerns of the populace about those in government; and how those in power related to Robin Hood and his cohorts in the sixteenth century. Both Robin Hood and the Abbot were lords of the May Games in the sixteenth century, and it is possible, although not entirely clear, that the cult of Robin Hood developed from that of Abbot. One of the last references to Robin and Little John comes in 1610 in the Kelso presbytery records when those who acted in these roles at Linton were to be punished.

Keywords: Little John; Lord Abbot; May game; presbytery; Robin Hood; sixteenth century Scotland

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