The Newgate Calendar - Supplement 3

The Newgate Calendar - ANNE BONNEY


The Famous Woman Pirate

ááááááááááá THIS female pirate was a native of Cork in Ireland. Her father was an attorney, and, by his activity in business, rose to considerable respectability in that place. Anne was the fruit of an unlawful connexion with his own servant-maid, with whom he afterwards eloped to America, leaving his own affectionate and lawful wife. He settled at Carolina, and for some time followed his own profession; but soon commenced merchant, and was so successful as to purchase a considerable plantation. There he lived with his servant in the character of his wife; but she dying, Anne his daughter superintended the domestic affairs of her father.

ááááááááááá During her residence with her father, she was supposed to have a considerable fortune, and was accordingly addressed by young men of respectable situations in life. It happened with Anne, however, as with many others of her youth and sex, that her feelings, and not her interest, determined her choice of a husband. She married a young sailor without a single shilling. The avaricious father was so enraged, that, deaf to the feelings of a parent, he turned his own child out of doors. Upon this cruel usage of her father, and the disappointment of her fortune, Anne and her husband sailed for the Island of Providence, in the hope of gaining employment.

ááááááááááá Acting a part very different from that of Mary Read, Anne's affections were soon estranged from her husband by Captain Rackam, and, eloping with him, went to sea in men's clothes. Proving with child, the captain put her on shore, and intrusted her to the care of some friends, until her recovery, when she again accompanied him in his expeditions. Upon the king's proclamation, offering a pardon to all pirates, he surrendered, and went into the privateering business, as was related in the former life. He, however, soon embraced an opportunity to return to his favourite employment. In all his piratical exploits, Anne accompanied him, and, as we have already related, displayed such courage and intrepidity, that she, along with Mary Read and another seaman, were the last three who remained on board when the vessel was taken.

ááááááááááá Anne was known to many of the planters in Jamaica, who remembered to have seen her in her father's house, and they were disposed to intercede in her behalf. Her unprincipled conduct, in leaving her own husband, and forming an illicit connexion with Rackam, tended, however, to render them less active. By a special favour, Rackam was permitted to visit her the day before he was executed; but, instead of condoling him on account of his sad fate, she only observed, that she was sorry to see him there, but if he had fought like a man, he needed not have been hanged like a dog. Being with child, she remained in prison until her recoveryŚwas reprieved from time to time; and, though we cannot communicate to our readers any particulars of her future life, or the manner of her death, yet we are certain that she was not executed.

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