Friar Tuck and Robin Hood are on a mission to retrieve a box of gold from the scottish King William. On his way, Robin encounters an old friend Duncan of Stoneykirk who is leading his own band of outlaws. Once reached, King Williams is not as eager to offer the box of gold to Kind Richard as he once was. Robin is now faced with saving the gold from those whom wish to take it whoever that may be.
Hugh McDermott comes back as Duncan of Stoneykirk in this episode, bringing back memories of Duncan’s visit to the Sherwood Forest 2 years before. Scotland is not so often brought up in the storyline of Robin Hood yet it was not so far away to believe that it didn’t play a stronger role in Englands struggles. It goes without saying that Robin Hood again must take the torch for King Richard, bringing back the goods offered to the Lionheart by the King of Scotland only to be destined for an adventure.
Robin is discussing the days plans in Sherwood Forest when the camp is visited by Duncan of Stoneykirk. His bombastic personality and strange behaviour stirs up the Outlaws with fascination and frustration. The Outlaws are not enjoying his visit to the green but Maid Marian is quite fond of Duncan’s unique scottish ways. Robin’s jealousy begins to get to him and his nerves are tested by the abrasive Duncan all while the Scotsman’s smooth ways are charming Maid Marian. Duncan has now gone to far and is risking his own neck because of his naivety. Once Duncan’s real purpose for being in the Sherwood Forest is revealed, the Outlaws find solace in protecting those, even if they are annoying, who are willing to stand and fight for King Richard.
The tempers of the Outlaws are tested by the newest addition to Sherwood Forest. Duncan of Stoneykirk is here and don’t they know it. All was well before, but Duncan’s fiery temperament and childish pranks have pushed the outlaws to their wits end. Someone will need to give this scottish rogue a lesson in Sherwood Forest manners. Hugh McDermott plays Duncan so well that you can actually see the annoyance on the faces of the Outlaws. This story brings in another character that will show his face throughout the series and a memorable one at that.
Mannering receives a telegraph about a ring being delivered to him in London, but the deliveryman’s vehicle is found burned and him inside dead. The inquest finds his death to be accidental but Mannering believes different. Mannering notices a ring on a strangers finger which was stolen off the dead man confirming the belief that the death was not accidental. The murderers must be hiding away in one of the many rented manors in the area but there is very little evidence to help that belief. It is a search through the highlands that find Mannering in a lot of trouble and a very disturbing mind.
A nice episode based in the British Isles but not in London. The location does provide a change to the standard scenery in most episodes. The role of Dino Rossi, played by Paul Maxwell is well acted and sort of reminds me of Mussolini. I did love this story but fell more in love with the actual location.