Richard “Dick” Turpin was bapt in 1705 A.D. and died #onthisday 7th April 1739 A.D. he was an English highwayman whose exploits were romanticised by a famous novelist 100 years after his execution.

Turpin followed in his father’s trade as a butcher in his earlier life, by the early 1730s he had joined a gang of deer thieves and later he became a Burglar, poacher, horse thief and even killer.

He is also remembered for a fictional 200 mile over-night ride from london to york on his black bess horse which was imagined by a famous victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth almost 100 years after his death.

Whilst Turpin’s involvement in crime was closely associated with a highway robbery following the arrest of his other members in 1735 A.D.