Name: Robert de Shurland
Occupation: Subject of one of The Ingoldsby Legends
Cause: Blood poisoning, according to legend
BATT: Siege of Carlaverock
MEM: Sheppey Minster, Kent: effigy
Change Date: 28 JUN 2010
Shurland Hall, near Eastchurch, is named after its first owners, the De Shurland family. In 1188 Adam De Shurland possessed a mill with more than a 1,000 acres (4 km?) of mixed land, mostly marsh with a small meadow: he also let a number of cottages thereabouts.
A curious tale surrounds a 14th-century member of the family, Sir Robert de Shurland. According to legend, Sir Robert killed a monk and resolved to ask the King for a pardon. In 1327 he rode to where the King's ship was anchored, off the Isle of Sheppey, and gained forgiveness. Returning, he met a witch who said that de Shurland's horse, Grey Dolphin, which had borne him so bravely to the ship, would be the death of him.
Sir Robert immediately killed the horse and cut off its head. A year later Sir Robert was walking along the shore when a shard of the horse's bone pierced his foot. Blood poisoning set in and Sir Robert died.
The best known tomb at Minster Abbey, Sheppey, is that of Baron Robert de Shurland, who died in 1327. The effigy (on an altar tomb against the south wall of the parish church, behind the choir stalls) is of a tall, robust knight in full armour, complete with helmet, shield and lance. His page, also in armour, lies at his feet; and behind him his horse's head is shown, rising from the waves.
The tomb has an imposing decorated canopy which is of a later date than the effigy of Sir Robert.
Father: Geoffrey de Shurland
- Margaret Shurland b: ABT 1281 in Shurland House, Eastchurch, Kent
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