Captain Kidd


Captain William Kidd (c. 1645-1701) was a Scottish privateer turned pirate who, despite only ever capturing one significant prize ship, has become legendary thanks to the persistent rumour he buried a fantastic treasure that nobody has yet found. Kidd was arrested, sent to England, and hanged in Wapping Old Stairs in 1701.

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  • c. 1645 - 1701
    Life of the Scottish privateer turned pirate Captain Kidd.
  • 1689
    Captain Kidd engages in privateering against French vessels in the Caribbean.
  • Feb 1690
    Captain Kidd's crew steal his ship the Blessed William in the Caribbean.
  • May 1691
    Captain Kidd settles in New York, marries and has two daughters.
  • 1695
    In London, Captain Kidd gathers a consortium of anonymous backers to fund a privateering expedition in the Indian Ocean.
  • 1697 - 1698
    Captain Kidd commits several acts of piracy in the Indian Ocean.
  • 30 Oct 1697
    Captain Kidd kills one of his gunners, William Moore.
  • 30 Jan 1698
    Captain Kidd attacks and captures the merchant ship Quedah Merchant off the coast of India near Cochin.
  • Jul 1699
    Captain Kidd is arrested for piracy in Boston.
  • Apr 1700
    Captain Kidd is sent from Boston to London for trial for piracy.
  • Mar 1701
    Captain Kidd is twice called to testify before Parliament regarding his privateering and piracy in the Indian Ocean.
  • 23 May 1701
    The pirate Captain Kidd is hanged at Wapping Old Stairs, London and his body is left to rot in public veiw by the River Thames.