Who Was Paladin? What Did His Name Mean?

Of all the TV westerns I grew up watching in the '50s. Have Gun - Will Travel was my favorite , next to Rawhide & Maverick. The opening theme was written by the famous movie composer Bernard Herrmann, and was distinctly different from the others. My dad just thought he was just another gunslinger, and I had never heard or read the word “mercenary”.

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Paladin seems to have an ancient meaning - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paladin.

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