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Allan [Allen], James [Jimmy] (1734–1810), Northumbrian piper and rogue, was born at Hepple, Northumberland, probably in March 1734, and baptized at Rothbury, Northumberland, on 21 April 1734, the son of William Allan or Allen, also known as Wull Faa, a noted vermin hunter and performer on the Northumbrian small pipes. ...

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George Barrington (1755–1804) by Sir William Beechey, c. 1785 by permission of the National Library of Australia T275

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Barrington [formerly Waldron], George (1755–1804), actor, pickpocket, and transported convict, was born in Maynooth, co. Kildare, Ireland. Some claim that his birth date was 14 May 1755 and that his father was Henry Waldron, a silversmith, and his mother a Miss Naish (Naith)...

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Blake, Joseph [nicknamed Blueskin] (bap. 1700, d. 1724), burglar, was baptized on 31 October 1700 at All Hallows the Great, London, the son of Nathaniel and Jane Blake, who were later described as having been 'in tolerable Circumstances' (Most Remarkable Criminals...

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Brodie, William [known as Deacon Brodie] (1746–1788), local politician and thief, was probably born at Brodie's Close, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, the eldest of eleven children of Francis Brodie (d. c.1787), a prominent and prosperous local cabinet-maker or wright, whose family had been members of the ...

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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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Fitch, William Stevenson (1792–1859), antiquary and thief, was born at Ipswich on 17 November 1792, the eldest of the five children of Samuel Fitch, druggist, and his wife, Elizabeth Stevenson. After five years at Ipswich grammar school (1802–7) he joined the family business and later took over the shop on his father's death in 1815. An early and consuming fascination with old documents, autographs, prints, and coins, particularly those relating to ...

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Hall, John [Jack] (1674x7–1707), thief, was born in Bishop's Head Court, off Gray's Inn Lane in the parish of St Andrew's, Holborn, Middlesex, the son of Anthony Hall, cobbler, and his wife, Rebecca. Just before his execution in December 1707 Hall gave his age as thirty-two, suggesting that he was born in 1674 or 1675. However, the parish register of ...

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Hannam, Richard (d. 1656), thief, is an obscure figure whose life is largely to be seen through four pamphlets rushed out to capitalize on his execution in 1656. These accounts indicate he was the son of a shoemaker, also Richard Hannam, of Shaftesbury...

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Hanratty, James Francis (1936–1962), petty criminal and convicted murderer, was born on 4 October 1936 in the County Hospital, Farnborough, near Orpington, Kent, the eldest of four sons of James Hanratty (1907–1978), labourer and dustman, and his wife, Mary Wilson.

He attended St James's Roman Catholic school...

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Hawker [alias Collis], James (1836–1921), poacher and autobiographer, was born in Daventry, Northamptonshire, and baptized there in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 29 August 1836. He was the first of the eight children of Charles Hawker and his wife, Charlotte Parbery (...

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Jones, Edward [nicknamed the Boy Jones] (b. 1824), trespasser, was born on 7 April 1824, the son of Henry Jones, an impoverished tailor living at Crown Court, Charlotte Street, Westminster. The Mary Jones listed in the census of 1841 may have been his mother or stepmother. In newspaper reports his name was sometimes given as ...

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Libri, Guglielmo [Count Guglielmo Bruto Icilio Timoleone Libri-Carrucci dalla Sommaia] (1802–1869), scientist, book collector, and thief, was born on 2 January 1802 (or possibly 1803) in Florence, the son of Count Giorgio Libri-Carrucci dalla Sommaia (1781–1836) and Rosa del Rosso (c.1783–1849)...

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Reid, John (1725–1774), thief, was born on 22 November 1725 in the parish of Muiravonside, Stirlingshire, the son of John Reid, flesher, and Joan Dick. His parents being of 'low circumstances' (Boswell for the Defence, 357) Reid was sent, aged eight, to work for a series of local smallholders, from whom he gleaned a rudimentary education. In time he became a flesher (butcher), like his father, and with his wife, ...

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Turner, James (d. 1664), thief, was born at Hadley, near Barnet, Hertfordshire, the son of 'an ancient, reverend divine' (State trials, 6.621). Apprenticed to a lace merchant in Cheapside he became a goldsmith. He claimed to have served in the civil war as a captain of horse under the royalist ...

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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 ...