29th May 1999
Are there any myths, legends or tales of the supernatural relating to the Isle of Sheppey?
Robert De Shurland
11/7/99 - Martyn Rouse
In 1327 Sir Robert De Shurland was riding along the beach on his horse Grey Dolphin, when he met up with a which. She told him he would die due to his horse. To beat the curse he ordered his horse to be killed. It was chopped up and buried it. Sometime later he was running along the beach when he tripped over an object sticking out of the sand. He cut his foot and infection set in killing him. The object he tripped over was one of his horse's bones.
MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE LEGEND IS THAT HE WAS CURSED BY A WITCH WHO SAW HIM ILL TREATING THE HORSE AND WAS TOLD THE HORSE WOULD BE THE DEATH OF HIM. SCORNING SUCH A CURSE HE CONTINUED AND EVENTUALLY RODE THE HORSE 'INTO THE GROUND', SO TO SPEAK, FOR THE HORSE DROPPED DEAD ON THE SANDS WHERE HE WAS GALLOPING.
IT WAS MUCH LATER WHEN ON THE BEACH HE PASSED THE BLEACHED SKELETON OF THE HORSE AND IN A FIT OF PIQUE KICKED AT IT FOR HAVING BEEN SO TROUBLESOME TO HIM. AS A RESULT HE RECEIVED A CUT THAT TURNED SEPTIC AND LED TO HIS DEATH.
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