Robinson's Hill

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A duel fought March 30, 1826 at Robinson’s Hill has, according to legend, resulted in the loser’s ghost haunting the nearby streets. The ghost’s name was Ensign John Philpot, an officer who dueled with Captain Mark Rudkin using pistols. The fight was over the affections of a lady, Miss Colleen. So the story goes, Philpot shot first and missed. Hoping to defray the situation and not wishing to fight, Rudkin fired his shot into the air. But Philpot was determined to fight, and the second round proved fatal to him. The duel itself also has been known to replay; the site has been featured on Creepy Canada.

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Robinson's Hill
St. John's, NL

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47.5367406, -52.75404750000001
Division No. 1
Nearest Towns:
Mount Pearl, NL (1.9 mi.)
Mount Pearl Park, NL (1.9 mi.)
Saint John's, NL (4.2 mi.)
Petty Harbour, NL (6.2 mi.)
Logy Bay, NL (7.4 mi.)
Torbay, NL (7.9 mi.)
Portugal Cove, NL (8.0 mi.)
Topsail, NL (8.4 mi.)
Foxtrap, NL (10.0 mi.)
Bell Island, NL (11.4 mi.)


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