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Anne Bonney
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Birth: 1690, Ireland
Death: 1720, USA

Pirate. Born in Ireland in the late 1690's. Her place of birth has been said to be County Cork, Ireland or Kinsale, Ireland. All that is known for sure is that her father was the well off - but married lawyer, William Cormac. Her mother was his maid. When the pregancy was dicovered and to avoid a scandal, the couple fled to Charleston, South Carolina to begin a new life on a plantation. She met a small time pirate named James Bonney and the couple eloped to New Providence (now Nassau) where pirates ruled the town. It was here she met Capt Jack Rackham (Calico Jack) and the two were together always. Women were forbidden by the pirate code from being crew members aboard ships so Anne began dressing as a man in order to be with Calico Jack aboard his sloop, Victory. Later she would discover that she was not the only woman aboard the sloop. She found Mary Reed also had disguised herself as a man in order to sail the seas which she loved. The two became best friends and some say they were lovers. The women were well known for their fierce tempers and skill with a sword. No one was as bloodthirsty as them. In 1720 Captain Rackham's ship was captured. According to records, the men it is said, all hid in the holds of the sloop and left Anne and Mary to fight alone. The Captain and crew were all captured. Everyone was sentenced to hang. The women were spared from hanging at the time because each of the women was pregnant and the law did not allow their excution because of this fact. It is said that Mary died of a fever a short time later but the fate of Anne is a mystery. There are many rumors that surround the fate of Anne who received a reprieve. Speculation is that she went back to her husband James but the possiblity of this is unlikely. She is more likely to have returned to a life of piracy but the most popular theory is that her father bailed her out of jail and took her home to South Carolina where she eventually died. The exact year of her death and gravesite is unknown.  
Created by: Diane Gilliam
Record added: Aug 09, 2006
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Anne Bonney
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