Green cloth for foresters; so called from Kendal, Westmoreland,
famous at one time for this manufacture. Kendal green was the livery of
Robin Hood and his followers. In Rymer's Faedera (ii. 83) is a
letter of protection, dated 1331, and granted by Edward III. to John
Kempe of Flanders, who established cloth-weaving in the borough.
Lincoln was also famous at one time for dyeing green.
“How couldst thou know these men in Kendal green, when it was so dark
thou couldst not see thy hand?” —Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., ii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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