Robin Hood


1225 The name of an outlaw called Robert Hod appears in court records

1226 Robert Hod reappears in records as Hobbehod

1260 William, son of Robert, le Fevere is reprimanded for the creation of an armed band

1261 William, son of Robert, reappears in records as William Robehod

1266 Sheriff of Nottingham, William de Grey, is involved in a conflict with outlaws on the back of de Montfort’s defeat at Evesham

1283 Characters Robin and Marion appear in Adam de la Halle’s Le Jeu de Robin et Marion

1304 William Wallace is referred to as the Scottish Robin Hood in folio 103 of registrum premonstratense

1307 The Knights Templar are arrested in Paris

1308 First arrests of Templars in England

1312 Dissolution of the Templars

1376 John Gower includes characters Robin and Marian in his epic Mirour de l’omme

1377 Publication of Piers Plowman by William Langland, including reference to rhymes of Robin Hood

1420 Publication of the Orygynale Chronikyl of Scotland, written by Andrew of Wyntouns. According to Wyntouns Robin Hood and Little John were active in Barnsdale and Inglewood Forest in 1283

1439 A group of armed men led by Piers Venables cause trouble at the May Day games in Aston, Derbyshire. The petition to parliament refers to him as causing trouble ‘like it hadde be Robyn Hude and his meyne’

1440 Publication of Walter Bower’s continuation of John Fordun’s Scotichronicon. Among Bower’s inclusions are references to Robert Hood fighting among the ‘disinherited’ against King Henry III and Prince Edward I in 1265-6

1450 Publication of Robin Hood and the Monk

1469 Outlaws Robin of Holderness and Robin of Redesdale rise up against the Yorkist government

1475 Publication of a play titled Robin Hood and the Sheriff

1498 William Marshal marches under alias Robin Hood when leading a gang at Willenhall

1500 Publication of Robin Hood and the Potter

1520 Approximate date for publication of A Geste of Robyn Hode

1521 Publication of John Major’s Historis Majoris Britanniae, placing Robin Hood as an outlaw during the reign of King Richard I

1569 Chronicler Richard Grafton refers to Robin Hood as an Earl living during the reign of Richard I

1598 Playwright Anthony Munday depicts Robin Hood as a disinherited Earl of Huntington in two plays

1600 Sloane Manuscript refers to Robin Hood as being born in Loxley in about 1160AD

1606 Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder conspirators referred to as Robin Hoods by Robert Cecil

1623 Martin Parker pens A True Tale of Robin Hood referring to him individually as Earl of Huntingdon