John Austin (highwayman)

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John Austin (died 7 November 1783) was an English highwayman who was the last man hanged at Tyburn Tree in Tyburn, a village in the county of Middlesex, before the gallows were disassembled.[1]

He was convicted "for robbery with violence," on the person of John Spicer, and "cutting and wounding him in a cruel manner."[2]

His last words were:[2]

"Good people, I request your prayers for the salvation of my departing soul. Let my example teach you to shun the bad ways I have followed. Keep good company, and mind the word of God. Lord have mercy on me. Jesus look down with pity on me. Christ have mercy on my poor soul!"

As the cart was being driven away the noose slipped on his neck causing him to choke to death instead of his neck being snapped.[2]

Future hangings were carried out at Newgate.[2]


  1. ^ "Account of the Trial and Execution of John Austin". London Ancestor. 
  2. ^ a b c d Marks, Alfred (1908). Tyburn Tree: Its History and Annals. London: Brown, Langham & Company. pp. 266–268.