Legendary highwayman. Better known as Dick Turpin, he was a notorious highwayman and horse stealer. By the time he was 30 he had committed many crimes of murder and highway robbery, with a reward of £200 being offered for his capture. Turpin fled to Holland, but later returned to the North of England, where he was unknown. Here, he posed as a horse dealer under his mother's maiden name of Palmer. His freedom was short-lived however, and was arrested over a minor incident on the 2nd October, 1738, being sent to jail because he could not afford to pay bail. During investigations, evidence arose of his horse stealing, and he was sent to the Debtor's Prison. Here his true identity was unveiled, and he was hanged on York Tyburn (now part of York Racecourse) on April 7th, 1739 (bio by K. Smith).
Cause of death: Hung for his crimes
Burial: St George Churchyard York York Unitary Authority North Yorkshire, England Plot: The churchyard is across the road from the church. His grave is at the very back of the churchyard
Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jun 12, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 9917
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ruth Added: Apr. 17, 2016
HANGED THIS DAY 1739“Turpin behaved in an undaunted manner; as he mounted the ladder, feeling his right leg tremble, he stamped it down, and looking round about him with an unconcerned air, he spoke a few words to the topsman, then threw himself off, and ...(Read more) -
BRIDLE CULL Added: Apr. 6, 2016