Kidd, William, 1654-1701

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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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referencedIn Lewis, Pauline, student. Folklore collection, 1963. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, Maine Folklife Center
referencedIn Head, Franklin H. (Franklin Harvey), 1832-1914. Studies in Early American history : A Notable Lawsuit : typescript, ca. 1898. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Kidd, William, d. 1701. [Captain Kidd's Skeleton Island. Signed:] W.K. Library of Congress
referencedIn Campbell, Duncan. Campbell, Duncan, letter, 1700. University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Head, Franklin Harvey, 1835-1914. A notable lawsuit / by Franklin H. Head. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Edmonds, John Henry, b. 1873. Papers, 1892-1925. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Kidd, William, d. 1701. William Kidd papers, 1695-1701 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Langrish, Thomas, fl. 1699-1700. A Journall kept by me Tho. Langrish Lieutenant of his majesties Ship ye advice under ye comand of Captaine Robert Wynn this 24th: 10:ber [i.e., December] 1699 [photocopy], 1699-1700. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Lawson, Robert, 1892-1957. Captain Kidd's cat : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Knowlton, Charles. The not so jolly rogers ; the golden age of piracy : typescript, 1985 Jan. 3 / by Charles Knowlton. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Don C. Seitz Papers, 1854-1930 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsManuscripts Division
referencedIn Pratt, Zadock, 1790-1871. Zadock Pratt papers, 1818-1870. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Kidd, William, d. 1701. Moose Island [signed:] W.E.K. Library of Congress
referencedIn Tidd, Harriet,. Papers collected by Harriet Tidd [manuscript] 1926 & n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Metcalf, Elizabeth. School papers, 1834. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Head, Franklin H. (Franklin Harvey), 1832-1914. Studies in Early American history : A Notable Lawsuit : typescript, ca. 1898. Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives, Ralph Pickard Bell Library
referencedIn Great Britain common law case book, 1701-1706. University at Albany, University Libraries
referencedIn Livingston family. Papers, 1630-1900, 1630-1800 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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associatedWith Campbell, Duncan. person
associatedWith Edmonds, John Henry, b. 1873. person
associatedWith Head, Franklin Harvey, 1835-1914. person
associatedWith Knowlton, Charles. person
associatedWith Langrish, Thomas, fl. 1699-1700. person
associatedWith Lawson, Robert, 1892-1957. person
associatedWith Lewis, Pauline, student. person
associatedWith Livingston family. family
associatedWith Metcalf, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Pratt, Zadock, 1790-1871. person
associatedWith Rogers, Tempest person
associatedWith Seitz, Don C. (Don Carlos), 1862-1935 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Wapping ENG GB
Dundee SCT GB
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Birth 1654

Death 1701-05-23



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