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Harold Thornton

Harold Thornton is a minor character featured in Red Dead Redemption. He appears in Stranger side-mission "The Wronged Woman".



According to Clara LaGuerta, Harold cheated on his wife, Elizabeth, with his children's nanny (Clara herself). He later kicked her out with no money or shelter.

Events of Red Dead Redemption

When confronted with the accusations of unfaithfulness by Marston, Harold denied them and challenged him to a duel, resulting in Harold's death.

When told of Harold's death, Clara cried and said she could still make it to the funeral. A few days later, Marston met Elizabeth, Harold's widow, in the cemetery.

Elizabeth mentioned that Clara was laughing at the funeral and bitterly moaned about Clara that "strangers can be so cruel". This implies that not only Clara did not have an affair with Harold, but that she never even worked for the Thorntons, which also implies that she tricked Marston into murdering and robbing an innocent man. This is confirmed by the mission summary on the player's Journal.


  • As with all mission duels, Marston must kill Thornton to win; attempting a disarm will result in Marston dying.
  • Considering his thick accent (and his last name), it is most likely that he is a Scottish immigrant.
  • He and Uriah Tollets share the same voice actor.
  • On his grave is the writing: "THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE", which is of similar wording to the mission: "And The Truth Will Set You Free".
  • It seems that Harold uses a rather unique version of the Double-action Revolver. It is silver-coloured, similar to the Cattleman Revolver, and the player cannot obtain it.
    • This makes him one of only two characters in the game with a customised gun, with the other being Marshal Leigh Johnson.
  • When Clara asks Marston to get money for her, she does not give him any details about Harold's likeness or even his exact location. The only clues she gave were the fact he was known to be a drinker, and that he lived in Blackwater.


  • XboxLogoThere is a glitch sometimes when Harold walks to get to the duel, he will be stuck in one spot and it will say on the HUD "Stranger Mission Paused". This glitch can be remedied by simply saving in the bed in the saloon.
  • There is a glitch where the player can keep the $200 obtained from Harold and do it repeatedly. First after meeting him don't accept the duel challenge from Harold. Instead lasso him, hogtie him, then put him on a horse. Run outside of town and kill him. Killing him inside of town results in a message to loot his body and give the money to the girl, but outside it does not count towards the mission. After looting the $200 from him go back into town and he will respawn so that the mission can be repeated.

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