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Anne Bonny

Pirate Anne Bonny

Profession: Pirate


Biography: A Famous pirate in the Caribbean in between 1718 and 1720, she fought under the command of "Calico Jack" Rackham.

She was born near Cork, Ireland probably sometime around 1700 (our dates are approximate), the result of a scandalous affair between an English lawyer and his maid. He was eventually forced to bring Anne and her mother to America to escape the gossip that her birth created.

Together with fellow female pirate Mary Read, she was one of Rackham's most formidable pirates, fighting, cursing and drinking with the best of them.

She was captured along with the rest of Rackham's crew in 1720 and sentenced to death, although her sentence was commuted because she was pregnant.

Bonny has also been the inspiration for numerous stories, books, movies and songs over the years.

Born: March 8, 1702
Birthplace: Kinsale, Ireland
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: April 22, 1782 (aged 80)

Historical Events

  • 1720-11-15 Pirates Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham are captured by Capt. Jonathan Barnet and brought to Spanish Town, Jamaica, for trial
  • 1720-11-28 Anne Bonny and Mary Read are tried, found guilty of pirating, and sentenced to death in Spanish Town, Jamaica, although their discovered pregnancies win them stays of execution

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