The death of a King.

In a quiet New Forest location is a monument to an incident where King William the second was killed while hunting in the Royal Hunting Forest (New Forest) in 1100. The monument inscription tells the story on its 3 sides.

Here stood the oak tree, on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell at a stag, glanced and struck King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, on the breast, of which he instantly died, on the second day of August, anno 1100.

King William the Second, surnamed Rufus being slain, as before related, was laid in a cart, belonging to one Purkis, and drawn from hence, to Winchester, and buried in the Cathedral Church of that city.

That the spot where an event so memorable might not hereafter be forgotten, the enclosed stone was set up by John Lord Delaware who had seen the tree growing in this place. This stone having been much mutilated, and the inscriptions on each of its three sides defaced. This more durable memorial with the original inscriptions was erected in the year 1841, by WM Sturges Bourne, Warden.

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3 thoughts on “The death of a King.

  1. I’m confused about this statement Andy? I assume the fellow shooting the arrow was standing beside the guy who got hit? That means the arrow would have to reflect and come straight back at the guy?
    That doesn’t seem real?
    The King must have been ahead of this guy and off to the side for it to bounce off and hit him?
    What happened to the guy who shot the arrow?

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    • Wayne- The circumstances remain very unclear.  There is lots of speculation regarding the Kings death – some records say the hunting party had split into 2 groups when the incident happen. Was it an accident or murder. Walter Tirel, lord of Poix in Ponthieu,France may have been acting under orders from the king’s younger brother, Henry who promptly seized the English throne as King Henry I. Following Williams death Tirel fled to France and never returned to England.


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