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Dick Turpin the Highwayman

"Stand and deliver! Your money or your life!" It may be a famous line from an Adam & The Ants hit, but if you heard that shouted 300 years ago, you'd be fearing for your life. It was the refrain of the musket -- brandishing highwaymen -- the gentlemen robbers of the roads found throughout Britain.  On November 3, 1783, John Austin, a highwayman, became the last person to be publicly hanged at London's Tyburn gallows, a place where many robbers of the road met their grisly fate. Brigands who preyed on travellers were a menace on British roads for hundreds of years, but the idea of the polite, even aristocratic highwayman first came about in the early 17th century.  Names like Plunkett and MacLaine, and Dick Turpin, have become associated with tales of derring--do and dashing heroism. The most famous example is the legendary Turpin, who was born in 1705. Unlike many other highwaymen, Turpin was anything but a gentleman. Rather than a polite outlaw who charmed jewellery from upper -- class maidens, he was, in fact a cruel thug who wasn't afraid to use his blade.   A butcher by trade, he took to stealing livestock with the outlawed Essex Gang, before turning to highway robbery with partner Matthew King.  While Turpin delighted in threatening woman at knifepoint, King was was a gallant and polite figure.  The pair staged a series daring highway robberies, which led to a reward of £200 being put on their heads. An attempt was made to arrest the pair at Whitechapel, where Turpin where Turpin fired at the men who had been sent to arrest him  - but instead managed to kill King.  Eventually, Turpin was captured and sentenced to death. He was, by now, a celebrity, and did his reputation no harm by hiring professional mourners at the gallows.    This heroic status was further enhanced after a story emerged about Turpin making a 200 mite ride through the night from London to York on his trusty horse Black Bess to establish n alibi for a robbery. But this wasn't actually Turpin   -- it was John "Swift Nick" Nevison, a flamboyant middle class robber. His exploits became so famous that King Charles II became an admirer and gave him his "Swift Nick" nick name. Upon capture, he paid an accomplice to pose as a doctor, who then pronounced him dead of the plague to allow him to escape.  Unfortunately, he couldn't escape the hangman's noose after shooting a man who tried to arrest him. The mot noble of figures of the 18th century highwaymen was probably the duo William Plunket and James McLaine. Both remained polite during armed robberies.   MacLaine was captured and sentenced  to hang. His trial became a society affair and women wept as he was hanged.  Stagecoach journeys did become safer, as more people carried hand guns, and safety measures like turnpikes and toll roads stopped thieves fleeing. But, as Adam Ant proved, the image of the dandy highwayman survives to this day.  By Steve Gallacher The Weekly News 1 11 2014                               

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