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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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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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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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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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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 ...