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Richard Deane (bap. 1610, d. 1653) by Robert Walker, 1653 © National Maritime Museum, London

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Deane, Richard (bap. 1610, d. 1653), army and naval officer and regicide, was baptized on 8 July 1610 in the parish church of Guiting Power, a younger son of Edward Deane (d. before 1653) of Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire, and his second wife, ...

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Goodere, Samuel (1687–1741), naval officer and murderer, was born in Charleton, Worcestershire, the youngest son of the three sons and a daughter of Sir Edward Goodere, third baronet (b. in or after 1649, d. 1739), of Burhope, Herefordshire, and his wife, Eleanor...

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Green, Thomas (1679/80–1705), seaman and pirate, of unknown parentage, was brother to John Green, a London attorney. In 1701, when his age was said to be twenty-one, Captain Green, commanding the frigate-built Worcester, chartered by Thomas Bowrey, weighed anchor for India to obtain a cargo of cowries, pepper, turmeric, and saltpetre. This was a ...

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Halsey, John (1663?–1709?), privateer turned pirate, came from Boston, Massachusetts. Nothing is known about his parents or his early life. As commander of the brigantine Charles he received a commission from Governor Samuel Cranston of Rhode Island on 7 November 1704 to cruise against the French on the ...

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Kidd, William (c. 1645–1701), pirate and privateer, was a Scot, by tradition born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, into the family of a Church of Scotland minister; however, the names of his parents are not known and his date of birth is derived from his age, about fifty-six, when he died. He does not appear in the historical record until 1689 when he was a member of a pirate crew brought into service by ...

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Mainwaring, Sir Henry (1586/7–1653), pirate and naval officer, was the second son of Sir George Mainwaring (d. 1628) MP, of Ightfield, Shropshire, and Anne (d. 1624), daughter of Sir William More MP, and his second wife, Margaret. The Mainwarings were well established in ...

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McHardy, John Bunch Bonnemaison (1801–1882), naval and police officer, was born at New Providence, Bahamas, on 3 December 1801, the only surviving son of Robert McHardy, who had emigrated from Braemar to join his brother in business, and his wife, Mary Dean, née...

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Pim, Bedford Clapperton Trevelyan (1826–1886), naval officer and barrister, was born on 12 June 1826 at Bideford, Devon, son of Lieutenant Edward Bedford Pim. His father died of yellow fever off the coast of Africa in 1830, when he was engaged in the suppression of the slave trade, in command of the ...

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Toplis, (Francis) Percy [called the Monocled Mutineer] (1896–1920), confidence trickster and supposed mutineer, was born on 22 August 1896 at Sanforth Street, Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the son of Herbert Toplis, assurance collector, and his wife, Rejoice Elizabeth Webster. In 1908, at the age of eleven, he tricked a clothier into giving him two suits on approval, and pawned one for ...