John Dean (convict)

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John Dean
Bornc. 1620
Diedc. 23 February 1629
(aged 8 or 9)
Cause of deathExecution by hanging
Resting placeUnknown
Criminal status
  • Executed
    (c. February 1629; 395 years ago (1629-02))
Criminal penaltyDeath
Date apprehended
23 February 1629[1]

John Dean (c. 1620 – c. 23 February 1629) was an 8- or 9-year-old English boy who was hanged during the reign of Charles I.[2] He is likely the youngest person ever to be executed in England. Dean was accused of setting fire to two barns or houses[a] in the nearby town of Windsor, and was subsequently indicted, arraigned, and convicted on the same day, and was "hanged accordingly". It is unknown if anyone was harmed in the alleged acts of arson, but the judge presiding Dean's conviction said that Dean showed signs of "malice, revenge, craft, and cunning". The evidence for Dean's guilt in the alleged crimes has never been recovered. Even for the time, it was unusual and frowned upon by society in England for minors to be executed, but Dean was nevertheless sentenced to death and executed soon after. [3][4][5]

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  1. ^ Sources differ.


  1. ^ "1629: John Dean, boy arsonist". Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  2. ^ "1629: John Dean, boy arsonist". Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  3. ^ "9-year-old hanged for arson (1629)". Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  4. ^ "The execution of children and juveniles". Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Teenagers hanged in London – our brutal past!".