Dick Turpin

1705 - 1739

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Richard Turpin (bapt. 21 September 1705 – 7 April 1739) was an English highwayman whose exploits were romanticised following his execution in York for horse theft. Turpin may have followed his father's trade as a butcher early in his life but, by the early 1730s, he had joined a gang of deer thieves and, later, became a poacher, burglar, horse thief and killer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dick Turpin has received more than 1,213,842 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Dick Turpin is the 169th most popular extremist (down from 146th in 2019), the 3,065th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,794th in 2019) and the 14th most popular British Extremist.

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Among extremists, Dick Turpin ranks 169 out of 205. Before him are Howard Marks, Mary Surratt, Irmgard Möller, Peter Sutcliffe, Alexander Pichushkin, and Stuart Christie. After him are Dennis Nilsen, John List, Édouard Vaillant, John Christie, Yoo Young-chul, and John Hinckley Jr..

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Among people born in 1705, Dick Turpin ranks 13Before him are Jacques-François Blondel, Philipp Stamma, Maximilian Ulysses Browne, Peter Artedi, Gerhard Friedrich Müller, and Davit Guramishvili.  Among people deceased in 1739, Dick Turpin ranks 10Before him are James Anderson, Reinhard Keiser, Charles François de Cisternay du Fay, Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach, Saliha Sultan, and Ernest Louis, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Dick Turpin ranks 3,065 out of 6,924. Before him are Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe (1726), David Don (1799), Douglas Mawson (1882), Patrick Doyle (1953), Mick Jones (1944), and James Francis Stephens (1792). After him are Ivor Novello (1893), Tom Conti (1941), Charles Warren (1840), Brian Lumley (1937), Gerald Moore (1899), and David Stirling (1915).

Among EXTREMISTS In United Kingdom

Among extremists born in United Kingdom, Dick Turpin ranks 14Before him are Fred West (1941), Guy Burgess (1911), John Bodkin Adams (1899), Howard Marks (1945), Peter Sutcliffe (1946), and Stuart Christie (1946). After him are Dennis Nilsen (1945), John Christie (1899), Beverley Allitt (1968), Colin Pitchfork (1960), and Tommy Robinson (1982).