Scoundrel's Alley wouldn't be complete without:
'A Few Good Friends'.
Well, maybe 'A Few Friends'.
Ok, 'A Few'.
Like any crew, whether a Canting Crew or a Hustle Gang, there are many peole who are on the 'fringes' of the group. Not necessarily an everyday part, but necessary in their own right. Here we have taken the time to list the first known 'Ancient Order of Rogues', and a few people that you often see with us-or nearby-at events that we use. Some of them were integral to the Canting Crews of the 18th century and before, some to the Hustle Gangs of the 19th. Don't worry, none of them bite. Well, except the Rat Catcher, but his dentures will probably fall out so it won't hurt much...
The Ancient Order of Rogues
And a bit later...
Great Tawney Prince: Leader of the ‘crew’, often not a beggar themselves but the one who decides where to beg, how to beg, divvies up the ‘take’ and settles disputes. Fence: Receiver/reseller of stolen goods.Adam Tyler: Street children-not necessarily in the ‘crew’, the Irish Toyle will use them to run stolen property to the ‘Stalling Ken’ where the Fence resells the items.Diver: A pick pocket. The name derives from stiffening the fingers and ‘diving’ into any pocket or pouch available and grasping whatever comes in contact with them. Females were called ’Jenny Diver’.Faulkner: A ‘shower of small tricks’, usually to keep a person’s attention while the Diver does their work. They have been reported as being in the America's as early at 1688.Sharper: Not a ‘beggar’ but a ‘street hustler’ usually cheating at ‘games of chance’. Later a ‘card sharp’. Known colloquially as a ‘Hedgebird’ or ‘Conny Catcher’.