Kidd, William, 1654-1701

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1654
Death 1701-05-23

Biographical notes:

William Kidd (b. 1654, Dundee, Scotland-d. 23 May 1701, Wapping, England) was also known as Captain William Kidd or Captain Kidd and infamous pirate. He settled in New York City and by 1689 was a member of a French-English pirate crew sailing the Caribbean under Captain Jean Fantin. Kidd and the crew mutinied and he became captain; the crew started looting from French since government didn't pay. In New York, he married Sarah Bradley Cox Oort in 1691. In 1695 he was asked by NY governor to capture pirates off the coast and thus began reputation as pirate. Later, Kidd engaged in piracy off of coast of Africa and was wanted by the government. He was found guilty of piracy against British Crown and hanged in 1701 and it was believed to have buried treasure.

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Subjects:

  • Pirates
  • Treasure troves--Maps
  • Trials (Piracy)

Occupations:

  • Pirates
  • Captain

Places:

  • Wapping, ENG, GB
  • Dundee, SCT, GB