United States Country on These people have been born and bred there. TIley have never left Egdon Heath. An exception is Grandfer Cantle. Cantle was in the Bang-up Locals in 1804- that is, he was a member of a local militia organized to resist the expected invasion by Napoleon. As a local militiaman, he made it aIl the way to Budmouth, on the neighboring seacoast a few miles away. The chief act of the Locals seems to have been to march away when an actual invasion was (falsely) reported in Budmouth. This is another of Hardy’s ironies. United States Country 2016.