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William John Kidd, Captain

Birthplace: Dundee, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Wapping, London, England
Cause of death: Hanging

Son of John KydBessie Butchard
Husband of Sarah KiddElizabeth Kidd
Father of Elizabeth KiddSarah Kidd
Brother of Jonat Kyd

Occupation: Pirate
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About William John Kidd, Captain




William "Captain" Kidd (Born between 1645 to 1654; Died on May 23, 1701) was a Scottish sailor remembered for his trial and execution for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. Some modern historians deem his piratical reputation unjust, as there is evidence that Kidd acted only as a privateer. Kidd's fame springs largely from the sensational circumstances of his questioning before the English Parliament and the ensuing trial. His actual depredations on the high seas, whether piratical or not, were both less destructive and less lucrative than those of many other contemporary pirates and privateers.


Page 195.--A license of marriage granted unto Captain William Kidd of New York, Gent., of the one part, and Sarah Oort, the widow of John Oort, late of New York, merchant, deceased, the 16th day of May, 1691.

Page 329.--Registered for Captain William Kidd and Sarah his wife. Fort William Henry, this 15 day of April, 1692. Whereas the within named Sarah Oort, now Sarah Kidd, and administratrix of the estate of John Oort, deceased, hath since the grant of the within Letters of Administration, been intermarried to Captain William Kidd, by which means she hath neglected to exhibit her Inventory pursuant to the written directions. I being well satisfied in the fidelity of the said William Kidd, have decreed that the said William Kidd shall give bonds in five hundred pounds, along with the said Sarah, for their true administrations, and allow them six months from this day for the exhibition of the Inventory, and one year from this day for their account. As witness my hand the day and yeare above written.

Page 375.--The account of Captain William Kidd and Sarah his wife, administrators of the estate of JOHN OORT, merchant, deceased. They charge themselves with all the goods and chattells, which appear to be €155 14s. The petition for allowance for the funeral charges, €30 1s. 6d. The whole estate appears to be €274, 3s. 6d. ___________________________________William_Kidd_ ______________________________________the_marke_of_ _________________________________Sarah_S._K._Kidd._ Quietus granted by Governor Benjamin Fletcher, November 18, 1692.

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William John Kidd, Captain's Timeline

Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom
New York City, New York, United States
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States


Andrew Graverod's sloop carried Theophilus Turner and his share of the bounty of Kidd's and Turner's horde to the Chesapeake. Turner was apprehended, extradited to England and either hanged or pardoned. (most sources say he gave evidence against Kidd and was pardoned) See: Pirates of Maryland: Plunder and High Adventure in the Chesapeake Bay
By Mark Donnelly, Mark P. Donnelly, Daniel Diehl, Daniel Diehl

Wapping, London, England