Walt Disney's Scarecrow of Romney Marsh is an adaptation of a series of English stories featuring "Doctor Syn," aka Christopher Syn -- a Vicar by day, and the fearsome Scarecrow by night. The Scarecrow series of novels was written by Russell Thorndike.
The first book in the series, Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh was published in 1915. The idea for the story came from true smuggling tales of the Romney Marsh region of England's Kent/Sussex coast. the Romney Marsh in the 18th century. The stories take place in 1775. In the Disney version, the Scarecrow/ Reverend Syn character is played with maniacal relish by Patrick McGoohan (Secret Agent Man, The Prisoner), pictured right.