• Robert Hubert
  • Photograph: picture of Robert Hubert holding a fire ball.

    Robert Hubert

    Robert Hubert (c.1640-1666) was a French Protestant from Normandy. He was arrested at Romford after the Great Fire on suspicion of attempting to flee the country. He confessed to starting the fire, claiming to be one of 23 conspirators. He said he'd gone to Sweden with a Stephen Peidloe and returned to London in August. Stephen Piedloe had apparently taken him to Pudding Lane on 2 September and he had put a fire ball through the window of Thomas Farriner's bakery. His evidence was very contradictory, but Farriner signed the evidence as true, despite the fact that Farriner himself denied there was a window in that part of the house or that the fire had started where Hubert claimed. However, Hubert identified the bakery in the ruins and described its appearance. Though the court found the evidence to be unsatisfactory and believed Hubert to be suffering from mental problems, due to public pressure he was convicted and hung at Tyburn on 27 October. Later, the Swedish captain of the ship which had brought Hubert to London testified they hadn't landed until two days after the fire started. In January 1667 the King's Council declared the fire was an accident.

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