Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

[With thanks to Gary Budden @gary_budden] 

Across Romney Marsh rides the ‘Scarecrow’, AKA The Reverend Doctor Christopher Syn, leader of Kentish smugglers in Russell Thorndike’s novels. Here are the opening credits of the Disney TV series from 1963…

The Disneyfication of 18th Century Kent and Sussex was a dark thing indeed!

In this second clip, Walt Disney introduces Doctor Syn as a real-life character.

Mistake? Intentionally misleading? Or did Disney feel that his fictions superseded reality?

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