The Rufus Stone New Forest

This stone marks where William II (Rufus) was killed in August 1100, during a hunting accident by Walter Tyrell. The stone was erected in 1745 by Earl De La Warr.  The inscription on the stone reads “Here stood the oak tree on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell at a stag glanced and struck King William II surnamed Rufus on the breast of which storke he instantly died on the second day of August anno 1100. King William thus slain was laid on a cart belonging to one Purkess and drawn from hence to Winchester, and buried in the Cathedral Church of that City”. On the anniversary of the death the ghost of Rufus is said to be seen by the stone.

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