About Dr Syn – The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
Who better to oversee the proceedings at Smugglers Pub & Cafe than one of the most gracious and swashbuckling smugglers in history -Dr Syn, The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. Doctor Syn is one of the most interesting and unusual figures of the 18th Century. A tall, slender, charismatic man with a commanding presence, Dr. Syn was a man who would have succeeded in any career. Syn was a brilliant scholar and rousing preacher as well as being one of the finest swordsmen, riders, and seamen in all of England. Unfortunately, Syn’s promising career was cut short when he was betrayed in love, left his calling as a Vicar and became a pirate to pursue a quest for vengeance across the world.
Years later Syn would return to the little town of Dymchurch-Under-the-Wall, seeking to resume the quiet life of a country parson, but his past would not let him go. Learning that many of his parishioners were involved in smuggling, Syn resolved to protect them from the agents of the King’s Revenue. Assuming the masked identity of the Scarecrow, Syn led the smugglers in a series of adventures that rival those of Robin Hood, D’Artagnian and his companions, or El Zorro in their daring and their success.
Ironically, it may be in the masked Scarecrow that we see the truest picture of this complex man. This guise allowed him to combine the compassion of the clergyman with the cunning and the swashbuckling style of a pirate captain.
Located within easy walking distance of Nelson City’s Tahunanui Beach and set amongst the area’s busy motel district, the business has been a big success since its passionate owners established the pub eight years ago.