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Jack “Calico Jack” Rackham

  • Birth 21 Dec 1682 Jamaica
  • Death 17 Nov 1720
  • Burial Body lost or destroyed
  • Memorial ID 13279407

Pirate. Famous for his romance with female pirate Anne Bonney. Called "Calico Jack" after the calico-patterned clothing he favored. Spent four years in the West Indies involved in piracy, having onboard Bonney (disguised as a man), and eventually bringing onboard a pirate whom, to Bonney's surprise, turned out to be another female named Mary Read, begining a famous affair between the two, much to Jack's chagrin. He was captured in battle, reportedly an easy victory as the only real fighters on board were the women; the rest of the crew, including Rackham, were in the hold drunk. He was tried, convicted, and hanged in St. Jago De La Vega, Jamaica. After the sentence was read, Anne reportedly said to her former lover "If you had fought like a man, you need not have died like a dog!" Whether or not his body was buried in Port Royal (now underwater), or simply dumped at sea is unknown.

Bio by: Brian Macdonald


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Brian Macdonald
  • Added: 9 Feb 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13279407
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jack “Calico Jack” Rackham (21 Dec 1682–17 Nov 1720), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13279407, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost or destroyed.