John Sheppard

(1702—1724) thief and prison-breaker

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(1702–24), a notorious thief and highwayman, who, after repeated escapes from prison, was hanged at Tyburn. He was the subject of tracts by Defoe, of many plays and ballads, and of a novel by W. H. Ainsworth. See Newgate Calendar.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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