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Patrick Magee, Highwayman, 1670

Everything we know about Patrick Magee comes from the Middlesex sessions records. Together with Claude Du Val, a much more famous highwayman, he was indicted for a robbery on the highway committed on 1st December 1669.

Du Val and Magee were tried together at the gaol delivery sessions for Middlesex that began on 14 January, 1669/70. They were found guilty by the jury.

Both highwaymen were condemned to be hanged. Du Val was hanged at Tyburn on Friday 21 January; according to some accounts, it was quite an event, since a number of well-born ladies are said to have accompanied him to the gallows as mourners. It is fairly certain that Magee will have gone to the gallows at the same time as Du Val.



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