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Thread #58481 Message #3226514
Posted By: Paul Davenport
21-Sep-11 - 06:26 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Turpin Hero / Turpin's Valour
Subject: RE: Origins: Turpin Hero / Turpin's Valour
It seems that Turpin, a member of a notorious gang of burglars might have acquired his 'legendary' status from the work of Harrison Ainsworth rather than the actuality of his exploits, many of which are actually attributed to two real highwaymen, John Nevison and Claude Duvall. In his book, 'Rookwood' Ainsworth appears to have created the Turpin of legend, even down to attributing Nevison's feat of riding from Gadshill in Kent to York in a single day to the undeserving Turpin. That said, I have chuckled over many a pint in the Green Dragon at Welton, East Yorkshire where Turpin, disguised as a farmer, did indeed shoot the landlord's cockerel because its crowing was annoying him. And that, at least, is history.