Archive for January 15th, 2012

January 15, 2012

Captaine James Hind, Royalist, Highwayman

Executed for treason in 1652, James Hind was subject to an old fashioned media frenzy during his trial and execution. He’d fought in the wars on the King’s side and led a gang of robbers on the highways afterwards. It seems his rank came from his leadership of the gang rather than from his military service. He was seen as very much a gentleman crook and attracted a good deal of attention as you will see from the pictures which come from a variety of books and broadsides.

This is a “true portrait”.

This picture shows his trial, although it looks like an overused woodcut, possibly of the House of Commons.

Here is the “unparallelled Hind” on horseback, presumably riding away from the scene of a crime on his getaway horse.

This one was printed 20 years after. He still seems to have been able to sell story books after his death. The images are roughly contemporary to the war though I’m not really sure what they’re depicting. The fact that he was respected led to him being hanged unto death before any of the drawing and quartering. His torso at least was given a Christian burial.

This last one speaks for itself. (The Captaine is on the left).