Dr Syn, the vicar of Dymchurch (Patrick McGoohan), is also a notorious smuggler known as The Scarecrow. Dressed in tattered clothes and straw, he prowls the countryside with his bunch of “gentlemen”.
On the order of King George III (Eric Pohlmann), General Pugh (Geoffrey Keen) sets out to capture him.
The Scarecrow carries on his activities aided by his sexton (alias Hellspite), the squire’s son, John Banks (Sean Scully) and finally Pugh’s lieutenant, Philip Brackenbury (Eric Flynn), who is in love with Kate Banks (Jill Curzon).
He rescues Harry Banks (David Buck), a deserter from the navy and Simon Bates (Tony Britton) both imprisoned in Dover Castle.
Pugh is disgraced, Brackenbury offers to resign his commission to marry Kate, and the identity of The Scarecrow remains a secret.
Sir Thomas Banks
King George III