Cade, Jack, the leader of a popular insurrection in the reign of Henry VI. of England. He collected 20,000 followers, chiefly Kentish men, who, in June, 1450, flocked to his standard, that they might claim redress for the grievances so widely felt. Cade defeated a detachment of the royal forces at Seven Oaks, and obtained possession of London, the King having retired to Kenilworth; but having put Lord Saye cruelly to death, and laid aside the appearance of moderation which he had at first assumed, the citizens rose, gave his followers battle, dispersed them, and put Cade to death, 1450.
Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.