James Hind

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James Hind
Born c. 1616
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England
Died 1652
Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Cause of death Royalist highwayman in English Civil War
Other names John Hind
Occupation highwayman
Criminal charge treason, rather than highway robbery
Criminal penalty hanged, drawn and quartered
Parent(s) Roger Kynaston and Elizabeth Grey
Conviction(s) Murder
Captain James Hind depicted in an engraving now in the National portrait Gallery

Captain James Hind (sometimes referred to as John Hind) (baptised 1616, died 1652) was a 17th-century highwayman 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] He refused to rob cavaliers and even gave money to poor royalists.

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.[2] He was the subject of a biography The English Gusman by George Fidge (London 1652), and 16 pamphlets detailing his exploits.