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Biggs, Ronald Arthur [Ronnie]

Stewart Tendler.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

P ublished online January 2017 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Property Law; Property Crime; Social and Cultural History. 1604 words.

Biggs, Ronald Arthur [Ronnie] (1929–2013), criminal and fugitive, was born on 8 August 1929 at 37 Dalyell Road, Stockwell, south London, the youngest child in the family of four sons and...

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Hood, Robin

J. C. Holt.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Property Law; Property Crime. 3347 words.

Hood, Robin (supp. fl. late 12th–13th cent.), legendary outlaw hero, is wellnigh impossible to identify, first because of the sparsity and peculiar nature of the evidence, and...

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Ludd, Ned

Miles Taylor.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Property Law; Property Crime; Politics; Social and Cultural History. 312 words.

Ludd, Ned (fl. 1811–1816), mythical machine-breaker, was the name signed by the authors of letters threatening the destruction of knitting frames. Luddism emerged initially in the small...

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MacGregor [later Campbell], Robert [known as Rob Roy]

David Stevenson.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Property Law; Property Crime; Social and Cultural History. 4088 words.

MacGregor [later Campbell], Robert [known as Rob Roy] (bap. 1671, d. 1734), outlaw and folk hero, was the third son of Lieutenant-Colonel Donald Glas MacGregor (d. 1702) and his wife,...

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Railroad Bill

James L. Penick.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Property Law; Property Crime; Social and Cultural History. 1569 words.

Railroad Bill (?–07 March 1896), thief and folk hero, was the nickname of an African-American man of such obscure origins that his real name is in question. Most writers have believed him...

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Swing, Francis [known as Captain Swing]

H. C. G. Matthew.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Property Law; Property Crime; Social and Cultural History. 343 words.

Swing, Francis [known as Captain Swing] (fl. 1830–1831), mythical incendiarist, was the signatory of letters announcing incendiary raids in the agricultural areas of England, especially in...

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Tuck, Friar

G. H. Martin.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Property Law; Property Crime. 895 words.

Tuck, Friar (fl. 15th cent.), legendary outlaw, may have originated in a real individual, but his mythic qualities as a member of Robin Hood's band are his own, and have become indelibly...

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