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Armstrong, John [Johnnie], of Gilnockie (d. 1530), gang leader  

Maureen M. Meikle

Armstrong, John [Johnnie], of Gilnockie (d. 1530), gang leader, is recorded as brother to Thomas Armstrong, laird of Mangerton, and so was presumably a younger son of this branch of the Armstrongs. He lived in Canonbie parish, which was then within the notorious ‘debatable land’ of the western Anglo-Scottish frontier and is now in ...


Coterel, James (fl. 1328–1351), gang leader  

Jens Röhrkasten

Coterel, James (fl. 1328–1351), gang leader, is assumed to have been a younger son of Ralph Coterel, a landowner in Cromford, Matlock, Tadington, and three other places in Derbyshire, who was dead by 1315. In his youth James was the leader of a gang that included his brothers ...


Tailboys, Sir William (c. 1416–1464), landowner and gang leader  

Roger Virgoe

Tailboys, Sir William (c. 1416–1464), landowner and gang leader, was the second son and eventual heir of Walter Tailboys of Goltho, Lincolnshire. His family had been prominent in the north of England and in Lincolnshire since the Norman conquest, and he had inherited extensive estates in the north and ...


Tuck, Friar (fl. 15th cent.), legendary outlaw  

G. H. Martin

Tuck, Friar (fl. 15th cent.), legendary outlaw, may have originated in a real individual, but his mythic qualities as a member of Robin Hood's band are his own, and have become indelibly established in the popular mind. In the developed stories he enters the band, like other recruits, by a personal encounter with Robin Hood in which a contest of wits and physical prowess brings each to respect the other. Once in the greenwood, he dispenses joviality and brings a sly wisdom to the outlaws' councils. His clericity, ordinarily not much in evidence, gives him a status that strengthens rather than disturbs the structure of the band....