He is next mentioned by Andrew of Wyntoun in his Original Chronicle of Scotland, written about 1420 "Lytel Jhon and Robyne Hude Waythrnen ware commendyd gude; In Yngilwode and Barnysdale Thai oysyd all this time [c. 1283] thare trawale"; next by Walter Bower in his additions of Fordun's Scotichronicon about 1450 "Hoc in tempore  de exheredatis et bannitis surrexit et caput erexit ille famosissimus sicarius Robertus Hode et Littill Johanne cum eorum complicibus, de quibus stolidum vulgus hianter in comoediis et tragoediis prurienter restum faciunt et super ceteras romancias, mimos, er bardanos cantitare delectantur."
He figures in the works of Barbour and Harry the Minstrel as the sympathizing contemporary of their heroes, and Walter Bower, who continued the Scotichronicon of Fordun, tells how he prophesied the death of Alexander III.
During his closing years he was engaged on his work the Scotichronicon, on which his reputation now chiefly rests.
Copies of the full text of the Scotichronicon, by different scribes, are extant.
He may have written some of the lives in this collection, and gathered together materials concerning the history of Scotland; but he did not, as some have thought, continue the Scotichronicon, nor did he write the Lives of Scottish Saints.
Laing (Edinburgh, 1872-1879); John of Fordun, Scotichronicon, continued by Walter Bower, edited by T.
Laing (Edinburgh, 1872-1879); and Walter Bower's continuation of John of Fordun's Scotichronicon, edited by T.