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Campaign to pardon Captain Kidd

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Eldorado

"A bid is underway to clear the name of a Scots sailor whose body was left hanging over the Thames for three years as a warning to other would-be pirates.

"Born in 1645 most likely in Dundee but possibly Greenock, Captain William Kidd’s early life is obscure

"It is believed that, like his father, he took to the sea as a youth, eventually becoming a privateer for Great Britain.

"By 1690 was established as a sea captain and shipowner in New York City, where he acquired a well-to-do wife and property. He was dispatched by New York and Massachusetts to attack enemy privateers off the coast."

Full short report at Scottish Legal dot com: https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/our-legal-heritage-campaign-to-pardon-notorious-pyratt-captain-kidd

Kidd at Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kidd

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hetrodoxly

 'he killed his gunner, William Moore, with an iron-bound bucket' am i missing something.

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2 minutes ago, hetrodoxly said:

 'he killed his gunner, William Moore, with an iron-bound bucket' am i missing something.

"Until recently, it was generally assumed he was guilty as charged. This has all changed in the past century, as historians have taken a fresh look at the evidence, and unearthed crucial documents that reveal that the trial was rigged against the unfortunate Kidd."

Full monty at History Extra: https://www.historyextra.com/period/stuart/the-sacrifice-of-captain-kidd/

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hetrodoxly
2 hours ago, Eldorado said:

"Until recently, it was generally assumed he was guilty as charged. This has all changed in the past century, as historians have taken a fresh look at the evidence, and unearthed crucial documents that reveal that the trial was rigged against the unfortunate Kidd."

Full monty at History Extra: https://www.historyextra.com/period/stuart/the-sacrifice-of-captain-kidd/

OK.

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