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From: "GFJMJ" <>
Subject: Fw: [YKS] Dick Turpin's line?
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 01:34:19 -0000
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From: "GFJMJ" <>
To: "Lancelot Yellow" <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 1:32 AM
Subject: Re: [YKS] Dick Turpin's line?
> Dear List,.
> If this is the form that genealogy takes on this list to tell my
> descendants about (as I am doing now)"("!
> WAS THERE!")
> Then some yorkshire people need to get educated. I came to this list
> with the hope of some serious questions and requests but it seems
> yorksgen is just a joke shop!!!!!
> I wish to find info about my family, all I see is sarcasm!
> When this list grows up may be we will help each other, as this is
> what most pepole want fom this type of list. I would hope that the
> list admin would be more forthcoming with there leadership!!!!!!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lancelot Yellow" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 11:40 AM
> Subject: Re: [YKS] Dick Turpin's line?
> > "M. Rackham" <> wrote.....
> > > My father-in-law always said he was related to Dick
> > > yes I did find a Turpin in his family in Australia, but can't
> > > back to England. Has anyone done his tree?...if he ever had
> > > descendants, that is??? Probably one of those myths.....but you
> > > never know! Margaret<<
> > IT so happens that I was actually present at Dick Turpin's
> > at York on April 7th 1739. Of course, I was nobbut a young lad
> > of 15 or 16, and I was taken along by relatives as a "treat".
> > hangings were great entertainment in my day and to have witnessed
> > execution of such a notorious highwayman as Dick Turpin was
> > to tell my descendants about (as I am doing now)!
> > There were thousands of people there in a state of real high
> > excitement, since the hue and cry had been on for Turpin for a
> > time since his escape from Essex and his eventual discovery living
> > the life of a country gentleman in Yorkshire under the name of
> > Palmer. Whatever his crimes, it has to be said that the highwayman
> > died in style. He was dressed in a new suit bought specially for
> > occasion and he hired five men as official mourners, paying them
> > shillings each. Conducted to the gallows at Tyburn on the
> > on what today folks know as York racecourse, he bowed and waved to
> > the cheering multitude and chatted with his executioner in the
> > friendly manner for half an hour or so before the fateful moment
> > death. Soon after burial, some ruffians dug up Turpin's body and
> > off with it, but it was swiftly recovered and returned to its
> > in the churchyard of St. George's in the centre of York.
> > Perhaps it was the flamboyant manner in which he went to meet his
> > Maker that elevated Dick Turpin to the unjustified role of public
> > hero, since he was never such! He was an unmitigated criminal and
> > blackguard and murderer. His so-called ride from London to York on
> > Black Bess was also, I fear, a fictitious invention of an
> > author called Harrison Ainsworth in 1824. It is thought that his
> > story was based on the exploits of another highwayman called
> > who performed the feat in 1684, but somehow the credit was
> > to Turpin.
> > I do, however, feel honoured and privileged to be able to bring
> > this account of the execution of the infamous highwayman Dick
> > at York and say: >
> > Lancelot Yellow in Felixkirk, North Yorkshire (1723-1797)
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