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Bateman [née Harker], Mary (1768–1809), thief and poisoner, was born in Asenby, Yorkshire, the daughter of a small farmer named Harker. She evidently received a good education for one of her class, and could read and write proficiently. At the age of thirteen her father sent her into service in ...

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Clay, Marcy [alias Jenny Fox] (d. 1665), highwaywoman and thief, is said to have been born in Dorset, the daughter of travelling pedlars. The anonymous pamphlet The High-Way Woman is the only extant biography of Marcy and no other evidence has yet come to light to corroborate its claims. It describes how, at the age of fifteen, ...

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Dagoe, Hannah (d. 1763), thief, was born in Ireland and went to London when very young. She began her working life as a milliner but was a basket-woman in Covent Garden at the time of her condemnation. She married a Spanish seaman named ...

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Duck, Ann (bap. 1717, d. 1744), criminal, was baptized on 22 July 1717 in Cheam, Surrey. Her father, John Duck, was a black man and her mother, Ann Brough, was white; they married on 12 August 1717 in St Clement Danes, Westminster. John Duck...

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Mary Frith (1584x99–1659) by unknown artist © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Frith [married name Markham], Mary [known as Moll Cutpurse] (1584x9–1659), thief, is of uncertain origins. She was perhaps the daughter of William Frith who was baptized at St Martin Ludgate, London, on 19 April 1584. This is consistent neither with her reported age ('in her seventy-fourth year') at her death in July 1659 nor with the contradictory statement of her birth in 1589, both of which come from ...

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Lyon, Elizabeth [nicknamed Edgware Bess] (fl. 1722–1726), prostitute and thief, was born at Edgware, Middlesex, from which her alias was derived. Nothing is known of her parentage or early life, not even whether Lyon was a maiden or married name. She may, however, have been the ...

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Phillips [other married name Pope], Judith [alias Doll] (fl. 1595), confidence trickster and thief, was a celebrated rogue who preyed on the unwary in London and southern England in the late sixteenth century. Her parentage, place of birth, and death are not known. She was married to one ...

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Voss, Jane [alias Jane Roberts] (d. 1684), highwaywoman and thief, reputedly was born in St Giles-in-the-Fields in London. The German Princess Revived, or, The London Jilt (1684), the only contemporary full-length biography of Jenny, as she was known, appears to be a highly sensationalized and romanticized account of her life and no evidence has emerged to support its claims for her early life before she reached ...

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Young, Mary (c. 1704–1741), pickpocket, was probably born in the north of Ireland, although she claimed to be an 'English woman' (The Ordinary of Newgate, 1.7). Nothing is known of her parents nor whether she had any siblings. She was also known as ...