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Robene Hude. Also: -ein, -in, -yn(e; Robert and Huid, Huyd, Hwde, Houd, Hoid, Hoode. [ME and e.m.E. Robyn Hood the name of the English outlaw (Piers Plowman).] Robin Hood, presented as a leader of May day folk revelry in Scotland from the beginning of the 16th c. until shortly after the Reformation. Also attrib.See also Litil(l) Johne and Mill Mediæv. Plays 24 ff.Some of the following examples may properly belong to b below. a1447 Bower Chron. (1759) II 104.]
[Ille famosissimus sicarius Robertus Hode et Litill-Johanne cum eorum complicibus
c1420 Wynt. vii 3523.
Lytill Jhon and Robyne Hude Wayth-men ware commendyd gud
c1500 Crying of Play 141 (A).
Ȝe noble merchandis … Addres ȝow furth … In lusty grene lufraye And follow furth on Robyn Hude
1503 Treas. Acc. II 377.
To Robin Hude of Perth, be the kingis command, iiij Franch crounis
1534 Dumfries B. Ct. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 171.
[Two men] ar maid fre burges and suorn thairto frely gevin till Robin Hude & Litill Johne quhilk was chosin at Pasche last was
1547 Treas. Acc. IX 73.
To certane menstrallis of the toun, and thair Robert Hude
1549 Ayr Council Bk. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 166.
William Wallace … refferit to the inqueist to enter to the fredome of burgesrie for his lawbouris done the tyme that he wes Robert Hwde
1555 Acts II 500/1.
It is statute … that in all tymes cumming na maner of persoun be chosin Robert Hude nor Lytill Johne Abbot of Vnressoun Quenis of Maij nor vtherwyse
1565 Aberd. B. Rec. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 153.
That nane of thame … mak ony conventioune with taburne plaing on pype or fedill or haue anseingȝes to convene the quenis legis in chesing of Robin Huid Litill Johnne [etc.]
a1568 Scott Bann. MS 156b/17 (see Robene n.2).
Robene Hoid
1570 Dumfries B. Ct. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 32.
[He] incurrit dissobedience at Pasche lxx ȝeris in safar as he vald nocht … accept on hym the office of Robert Huyd & Litill John
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 263.
Nochttheles the remaneris thairin [sc. Edinburgh] … vsit all plesouris quhilkis wer wont to be vsit in the said moneth of Maij in ald tymes, viz. Robin Hude and Litill Johne
1589 Haddington Presb. Rec. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 254.
Robene Houd
attrib. 1531 Treas. Acc. V 432.
The v day of Aprile, for vj quarteris grey taffatis of Jeynes to be ane parte of the kingis Robene Hudis baner
1538–40 Ayr B. Acc. 84.
[For] Robert Hudis plais
1562 Edinb. B. Rec. III 134.
Quha vnder colour of Robene Hudis play purpoissis to rais seditione and tumult within our said burgh
1583 Dalkeith Presb. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 169.
Prophaneris of the sabboth be Robene Huidis play in Lesswaid
1591 Bk. Univ. Kirk II 784.
It is craveit the acts of Parliament made for suppressing of the enormities following may be put to executioun: … profaners of the Sabboth day be Robein Hoodes playis [etc.]

b. A play or mummery in which Robin Hood was the chief character. 1558-66 Knox II 157.
For the raschall multitude war stirred up to mak a Robene Hude quhilk enormitie wes of mony yeiris … dampnit by statute
1580 Reg. Privy C. III 277.
Dischargeing all and sindrie his majesteis liegis of using of Robene Hude and uther vane and unlesum gammis

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