E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hawkubites (3 syl.).
Street bullies in the reign of Queen Anne. It was their delight to molest and ill-treat the old watchmen, women, children, and feeble old men who chanced to be in the streets after sunset. The succession of these London pests after the Restoration was in the following order: The Muns, the Tityré Ts, the Hectors, the Scourers, the Nickers, then the Hawkubites (17111714), and then the Mohocksmost dreaded of all. (Hawkubite is the name of an Indian tribe of savages.)