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1720′s English MMA Fighter: Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes

by on Dec.02, 2010, under Guest Columnists

Federica Coppolecchia:  "Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes"

Federica Coppolecchia: "Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes"

By  Christopher James Shelton

Among the ten men executed on September 24th, 1722, were Robert Wilkinson, James Lincoln and Thomas Milksop. Wilkinson was the worst of a group of infamous gang members.  Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who Have Been Condemned and Executed For Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or Other Offences (1735): ”The only employment (Wilkinson) ever pretended to was that of a prize fighter or boxer at Hockley-in-the-Hole, where, as a fellow of prodigious dexterity, though low in stature, and very small limbed, he was much taken notice of.  And as is usual for persons who have long addicted themselves to such a way of living, he had contracted an inhumanity of temper which made him little concerned at the greatest miseries he saw others suffer.”
Evening Post (April 9th, 1928): ”Elizabeth Wilkinson does not appear to have been happily mated in her first matrimonial venture, as she was married to Robert Wilkinson, who was a stage fighter at Hockley-In-The-Hole, which was situated near Clerkenwell Green.  Robert must have been a shiftless, good-for-nothing fellow, as he joined a gang of footpads and murderers, and even among them was singled out as a perpetrator of cruel and blood acts.  He was eventually arrested for complicity in the murder of a poor Chelsea pensioner.  In company with James Lincoln and Thomas Wilson, two members of the gang, Robert Wilkinson, at the age of 35 years were hanged at Tyburn on 26th of July, 1722.” (continue reading…)
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