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 Rupert’s Balls,Rush. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Rupert’s Head (Sir),
Devonshire. The legend is that the young wife of Sir Rupert Leigh eloped with a paramour, and the guilty pair, being pursued, were overtaken on the Red Cliff. The woman fell over the cliff, and the paramour sneaked off; but Sir Rupert let himself down some thirty feet, took up the fallen woman, and contrived to save her. She was terribly mutilated, and remained a sad disfigured cripple till death, but Sir Rupert nursed her with unwearied zeal. From this story the cliff received its name.   1

 Rupert’s Balls,Rush. 


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