Ezekial Duffin

Duffin is a countryman who lives life by his own rules. Landowners call him a poacher, but he and his dog, Bob, are well-liked in the Dales community.

Duffin is full of useful knowledge about the natural world and the gossip of the Dale.  The poacher encounters Raif Jarrett the day the new agent arrives and discovers the disordered home of his recently deceased predecessor.  The pair become acquainted over the mystery and their mutual enjoyment of fishing.   After their first adventure– related in The Duke’s Agent - Duffin becomes Jarrett’s loyal ally and takes up residence in the folly by the bridge near the Old Manor.