[The Barcelos Cockerel] A 13th-century legend says a pilgrim on his way to Santiago de Compostela stopped in Barcelos and was wrongly accused of theft and sentenced to death by hanging. He was spared when he stated that to prove his innocence, the roasted rooster that the judge was about to eat would get up and crow. It did, and since then, brightly painted ceramic cockerels are sold throughout Portugal.
Brett Cogburn is the descendant of John Franklin “Rooster” Cogburn, who may (or may not) have inspired the fictional character. Brett Cogburn presents a talk on his book "Rooster: The Life and Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn" on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Central Library http://www.kclibrary.org/event/life-and-times-real-rooster-cogburn