10 Famous Highwaymen, Bandits, and Thieves

Highwaymen lived fast and (usually) died young. But they weren’t just any old bandits. While not all of them gave to the poor, they only ever stole from the rich and thus tended to see their crimes (as a lot of the public did too) as essentially morally righteous—or at least no worse than their victims’.

10. Willie Brennan (18th c.-?)

It’s interesting to note how many of the best known highwaymen, bandits, and bushrangers around the world were of Irish descent. Jesse James, Black Bart, Ned Kelly, and others could all trace their roots to the Emerald Isle. Yet we know relatively little about the ones who stayed there.

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