James Hind

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Captain James Hind depicted in an engraving now in the National portrait Gallery

Captain James Hind (sometimes referred to as John Hind) (baptised 1616 - 1652) was a 17th-century highwayman (who is said to have only robbed Parliamentarians) and Royalist rabble rouser during the English Civil War.

He came from the town of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. His partner Thomas Allen was captured when they attempted but failed to rob Oliver Cromwell. He also robbed John Bradshaw, President of the High Court of Justice for the trial of King Charles I.[1]

When finally caught during the Protectorate Hind was charged with treason rather than highway robbery because of his expressed Royalist loyalty and was hanged, drawn and quartered in 1652 at Worcester.[1]. He was the subject of a biography The English Gusman by George Fidge (London 1652), and 16 pamphlets detailing his exploits.

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