He is a grumpy, troublesome man who looks for the worst in everyone. His family, along with the related Coplins, are known amongst the villagers of the Two Rivers for being sour malcontents who are always involved in trouble and are quick to complain.
After the first Trolloc attack on Emond's Field, he confronts Moiraine Damodred with a crowd behind him, demanding she leave at once. After she tells the crowd about the history of Manetheren he quickly loses his support and the crowd disperses.
He shoots at a group of Tuatha'an, mistaking them somehow for Trollocs.
He helps defend Emond's Field against the invading Trollocs.