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 Little John

Little John

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Kirklees, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England
Memorial ID 4293 · View Source
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Folk Figure. Traditionally, second in command of Robin Hood's legendary Merry Men. Little John appears in the very earliest of the surviving Robin Hood tales, including ‘A Gest of Robyn Hode' published after 1490. The ballad ‘Robin Hood and Little John' claimed the outlaw's name was John Little, scholars have found many historical figures with the name, including the outlaw, John le Litel, a raider circa 1318, and Littel John, c. 1323, who appeared to have been a poacher. It is difficult to narrow research to one historical figure, assuming that the name was, in fact, valid. According to legend, John was the only one of the Merry Men to be with Robin at his death, and ensured his leader is buried properly. Little John supposedly then returned home where he spent his remaining days digging his own grave under the old yew tree. Allegedly, he ordered that his cap, bow, and arrows should be hung inside the church. There are two sites that claim John's remains; one beside his comrade, Robin, at the Kirklees Priory, the other at Hathersage in Derbyshire. A modern tombstone marks this latter alleged grave. The plot was owned by the Naylor family, who have claimed the legendary figure as an ancestor.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 5 Jan 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4293
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Little John (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4293, citing Kirklees Priory, Kirklees, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .