Legendary Nottingham hero Robin Hood actually from Yorkshire, historian claims

A teacher is trying to rob Nottingham of its most famous son by claiming Robin Hood was a Yorkshireman.

Dan Eaton has sparked outrage by saying he can prove the outlaw was born at a cottage in ancient South Yorkshire woodland.

He believes an ancient marker and a carved cross signify the legendary archer’s birthplace.

Dan stumbled on them while exploring the back of Loxley Primary School, where he works.

His revelation is included in the book Reclaiming Robin Hood, which was sponsored by Sheffield Council as part of the “Bring Robin Home” campaign.

But the current Sheriff of Nottingham Merlita Bryan fumed: “Robin Hood is as much from Sheffield as Jarvis Cocker is from Nottingham.

“We get it – Yorkshire wants a piece of the legendary action. We’ve had similar claims from Kent, Wales and elsewhere before, but really everyone knows that he was from Nottingham and that his arch-rival wasn’t the Sheriff of Sheffield.

“But we’re always happy for others to help spread the word about the world’s favourite outlaw.”

Dan found the marker in the middle of woodland steps away from a dense area of holly bushes that reminded him of early depictions of the outlaw, said to have robbed from the rich and given to the poor.

Ancient records have also come to light stating the bandit – also known as Robin of Loxley – was born at Little Haggas Croft in Loxley village, now a suburb of Sheffield.

And experts have found a reference to Robin in a manuscript stating he was born in “Locksley” around 1160.

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There are now calls for a statue depicting Robin as a young boy to be built in the village.

Legend has stated the leader of the Merry Men originated from Sherwood Forest – stomping ground of his arch-enemy the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Dr David Clarke from Sheffield Hallam University, who co-authored the Reclaiming Robin Hood book, said: “Loxley, in Hallamshire, was identified as Robin’s birthplace in two historical sources that date from the early 17th century.”

Other Yorkshire historians say the earliest stories put Robin’s origins firmly in Barnsdale, on the border between South and West Yorkshire near Doncaster.

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