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Back in the day, if someone took your ship they were either doing so under the auspices of a country (privateer) or for their own benefit (pirate, buccaneer, corsair, etc.)...either way, whomever it was, you will probably find him (or her) listed here...
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Peter M'Kinlie

bornactivedied
unknown1760s1765, Dec 19
Boatswain on the Earl of Sandwich. Took his gang (fellow crewmen George Gidley, Richard St. Quinton, and Andrew Zekerman), stole the ship (and cargo) and killed the rest of the crew and passengers (eight in all). Captured and executed at Newgate.
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Captain Macary

bornactivedied
unknown1697unknown


Daniel Machauly

aka: Maccawly, Mccawley
bornactivedied
unknown1720s1725, Jun 11
Pirate from Scotland. Crew member of the Revenge, commanded by Peter M'Kinlie. Captured, tried, and hanged at Execution Dock at Wapping on June 11th, 1725.
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Edward Mackdonald

bornactivedied
unknown1770s1772, Mar 11
One of Lowther’s crew in the “Happy Delivery.” Hanged on the island of St. Kitts, March 11, 1722.
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William Mackintosh

bornactivedied
1701 ca1720s1722
Of Canterbury in Kent. One of Captain Roberts's crew. Hanged at Cape Coast Castle in 1722 at the age of 21.
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William Magnes

aka: Magnus
bornactivedied
16871710sunknown
Born at Minehead in Somersetshire in 1687. Quartermaster of the Royal Fortune (Captain Bartholomew Roberts). Tried for piracy at Cape Coast Castle, and hanged in chains in 1718, for taking and plundering the King Solomon.
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Thomas Magott

aka: Thomas Mackett
bornactivedied
unknown1670s-1680sunknown
English buccaneer who sailed with Bartholomew Sharp and others on the "Pacific Adventure".
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William Main [1]

bornactivedied
1694 ca1720s1722, Apr
One of Captain Roberts's crew. Hanged in April, 1722, at the age of 28 years.
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William Main [2]

bornactivedied
unknown1720s1722
Boatswain to Captain Bartholomew Roberts in the Royal Fortune. Was blown up, the explosion being caused by one of the crew firing his pistol into some gunpowder when the ship was taken by H.M.S. Swallow in 1722.
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Sir Henry Mainwaring

aka: The Dread Pirate
bornactivedied
15871610-16161653
an English lawyer, soldier, author, seaman and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1622. He was for a time a pirate based in Newfoundland and then a naval officer with the Royal Navy. He supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War.
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Captain Antonio el Majorcam

bornactivedied
unknown1820sunknown
At one time an officer in the Spanish Navy. Became a notorious West Indian pirate, but about 1824 he retired from the sea to become a highwayman on shore.
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Don Antonio Maldonado de Texeda

bornactivedied
unknown1640sunknown
Privateer who commanded a Spanish fleet that included two generals of the Brazil fleet: Don Juan de Vega Basan and Don Rodrigo Lobo. The fleet sailed from the city of Cartagena to Providence Island and attacked the English colony in June 1640. Their attack was repelled by the colonists. Afterwards what remained of the fleet returned to Cartagena.


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Arnaut Mami

aka: Mahomed the Albanian
bornactivedied
unknown1572-1576unknown
an Ottoman Albanian renegade, the squadron admiral and the supreme commander of all Islamic vessels in North Africa and Pasha Algiers, known as the most formidable corsair of that period for his terrorizing of the narrow seas. He was also captain general of Turkish galleys in Algers.
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Henry Mann

bornactivedied
unknown1710sunknown
a member of Edward Teach's crew.


Jo Mansfield

bornactivedied
1692 ca1710s-17221722
One of Captain Bartholomew Roberts's men. Must not be confused with Edward Mansfield, the famous buccaneer. A native of the Orkney Islands. At one time was a highwayman. Later on deserted from the Rose, man-of-war. Volunteered to join the pirates at the island of Dominica, and was always keen to do any mischief. He was a bully and a drunkard. When Robe...
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Edward Mansvelt

aka: Edward Mansfield
bornactivedied
unknown1659-16661666
a 17th-century Dutch corsair and buccaneer who, at one time, was acknowledged as an informal chieftain of the "Brethren of the Coast". He was the first to organise large scale raids against Spanish settlements, tactics which would be utilised to attack Spanish strongholds by later buccaneers in future years, and held considerable influence in Tortuga and Por...
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John Markham

bornactivedied
unknown1683 caunknown
Pirate Captain


William Markham

bornactivedied
1545 ca1570-15781578
English officer, boatswain a pirate.nHe was a member of the crew by Francis Drake in 1570 and attended all his robberies expeditions to the Caribbean. Together plundered many Spanish ships, towns and villages. See Francis Drake.nHe was an officer on the ship MARYGOLD. With Vice Admiral Drake in 1577 set sail on a journey around the world. In the Caribbean an...
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David Marteen

bornactivedied
unknown1663-1665unknown
a Dutch privateer based in Tortuga during the mid-17th century, known primarily as the sole non-English Captain who participated in the raids against Spanish strongholds in present-day Mexico and Nicaragua during 1663 until 1665. Although raids against the Spanish were prohibited under British law, he agreed to join Sir more
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John Martel

bornactivedied
unknown1702-1716unknown
An old Jamaican privateer. After the Peace of Utrecht, being out of employment, he took to piracy. His career as a pirate was very successful so long as it lasted. Cruising off Jamaica, Cuba, and other islands, he continued taking ship after ship, with one particularly rich prize, a West African ship containing gold-dust, elephants' teeth, and slaves. His or...
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John Martin [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1710s1719
a member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
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Samuel Mason

aka: Meason, "Wolfman"
bornactivedied
1739, Nov 81790s-18031803
a Virginia militia captain on the American western frontier during the Revolutionary War, who subsequent to the war, became the leader of a gang of river pirates and highwaymen on the lower Ohio River and the Mississippi River in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was associated with outlaws around Red Banks, Cave-in-Rock, Stack Island, and the Natch...
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Captain William Mason [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1689-16921692 ca
English captain and pirate. He served in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.... In 1689 he was a member of the crew on the ship SAINTE ROSE, which the rebels under the leadership of William Kidd seized and later renamed it to BLESSED WILLIAM. In February 1690 on the island of Antigua joined Robert Culliford and this ship William Kidd was stolen. Renamed it t...
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Captain John Massey

bornactivedied
unknown1720s1723, Jul 26
As a lieutenant, he "served with great applause" in the army in Flanders, under the command of the Duke of Marlborough. He afterwards sailed from the Thames in the Gambia Castle, a ship of the African Company, in command of a company of soldiers which was being sent to garrison the fort. The merchants of Gambia were supposed to victual this garrison, but ...
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Matsura Takanobu

aka: Taqua Nombo
bornactivedied
15291550s-1560s1599, Apr 1
a 16th-century Japanese samurai and 25th hereditary lord of the Matsura clan of Hirado. He was one of the most powerful feudal lords of Kyushu and one of the first to allow trading with Europeans, particularly the Portuguese, through whom he amassed great profits in the import of western firearms. He was also an early host and patron to the Jesuits, who he ...
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William Maurice

borndied
unknownunknown
pirate


Captain William May

aka: Mason, Maze, Mace, Mues
bornactivedied
unknown1680s-1700sunknown
English pirate captain PEARL and also known as PEARL OF RHODE ISLAND. He served in the Caribbean and the east coast of South America since 1689 Invaded also Dutch ships of the fleet Mocha. Also sailed with Henry Every to ship FANCY. He was on the list of pirates who had William Kidd seize or destroy..........Pirate.....
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Captain William Maze

aka: William May
bornactivedied
unknown1689-1695 ca1700 ca
A notorious pirate; particularly mentioned in the royal warrant authorizing Captain Kidd to go and capture certain "wicked and ill-disposed persons." Arrived in command of a big ship at New York in 1699, loaded with booty taken in the Red Sea...... Captain May was a buccaneer prior to becoming a privateer during the Nine Years' War of 1688. In 1689, he beg...
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Captain Dennis McCarthy

aka: Dennis Mackarthy
bornactivedied
unknown1690-1718unknown
ref: the history of pirates. Of New Providence, Bahama Islands. This pirate and prize-fighter was one of those who refused King George's pardon in 1717, and was eventually hanged by his late fellow-pirates. On the gallows he made the following dying speech: "Some friends of mine have often said I should die in my shoes, but I would rather make them liars."...
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Roger McKeel

borndied
unknownunknown


Henry Mead

bornactivedied
unknown1696 caunknown
Experienced seaman or Officer


Hans Van Meghlyn

bornactivedied
unknown1530s-1540sunknown
A pirate of Antwerp, who owned a vessel of forty-five tons, painted black with pitch, and carried a crew of thirty. In 1539 he was cruising off Whitstable, on the lookout for vessels entering or leaving the Thames. Cromwell had been warned by Vaughan to look out for this pirate ship.
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William Melvin

bornactivedied
unknown1720s1725
This Scotch pirate was hanged, with other members of Gow's crew, at Wapping in June, 1725.
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Antonio Mendoza

bornactivedied
unknown1700sunknown
A Spaniard from San Domingo. Mention is made of this unlucky mariner in a very interesting document which Mr. A. Hyatt Verrill was fortunate enough to acquire quite recently in the island of St. Kitts. It runs as follows: "An assize and generall Gaole delivrie held at St. Christophers Colonie from ye nineteenthe daye of Maye to ye 22n. daye off ye same Mon...
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Pedro Menendez de Aviles

aka: Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
bornactivedied
1519, Feb 1515651574, Sep 17
a Spanish admiral and explorer from the region of Asturias, Spain, who is remembered for planning the first regular trans-oceanic convoys and for founding St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565. This was the first successful Spanish settlement in La Florida and the most significant city in the region for nearly three centuries. St. Augustine is the oldest continuou...
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Meyeurs

borndied
unknownunknown
A South Sea pirate, killed when taking part with Captain Williams in a raid against an Arab settlement at Bayu.
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Captain Michel

borndied
unknownunknown
His ship, La Mutine, was armed with forty-four guns and carried a crew of 200 men.
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David Middleton

bornactivedied
unknown1601-1615unknown


Blas Miguel

borndied
unknown1687
Broken on the wheel and then decapitated. Head was displayed atop the gallows where 42 of his comrades had been hanged the day before on Petit Gouave.


Don Miguel

bornactivedied
unknown1830sunknown
In 1830 commanded a squadron of small pirate vessels off the Azores. After seizing a Sardinian brig off St. Michael's, was himself captured by a British frigate.
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Francesco Miguel

bornactivedied
unknown1820s1823
Hanged at Kingston, Jamaica, in 1823.
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John Miller

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-1710 ca1710 ca
an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship The Charles, led by Captain Daniel Plowman. The Charles sailed from Boston in July 1703 on a pirate expedition against the French and Spanish ships. Not...
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Thomas Miller

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 22
The quartermaster of Edward Teach's crew. Killed at Ocracoke Inlet, November 22, 1718, in the fight with Lieutenant Maynard’s crew.
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Ki Ming

borndied
unknownunknown


Richard Minivy

bornactivedied
1545 ca1560-15781578
Richard Minivy *1545?? - +prosinec 1578. English pirate. He was a member of the crew by Francis Drake in 1560 and attended all his robberies expeditions to the Caribbean. Together plundered many Spanish ships, towns and villages. He was also on the ship GOLDEN HIND (PELICAN) Vice Admiral Francis Drake on a world tour in 1577 to Chile's Coquimbo, where he w...
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Sieur Du Misnil

borndied
unknownunknown
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Captain James Misson

aka: Olivier, MIssion
bornactivedied
unknown1690s1694
This unique pirate came of an ancient French family of Provence. He was the youngest of a large family, and received a good education. At the age of 15 he had already shown unusual distinction in the subjects of humanity and logic, and had passed quite tolerably in mathematics. Deciding to carve a fortune for himself with his sword, he was sent to the Academ...
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Alexander Mitchel

bornactivedied
unknown1726 caunknown


Captain Mitchell

bornactivedied
unknown1663unknown
An English buccaneer of Jamaica, who flourished in 1663.
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John Mitchell [1]

borndied
unknownunknown
Of Shadwell Parish, London. One of the crew of the Ranger. Condemned to death, but reprieved and sold to the Royal African Company.
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Daniel Montbars

aka: Montbars the Exterminator, Montbars the Destroyer
bornactivedied
16451660s-1670s1707 ca
a 17th-century French buccaneer. For several years, he was known as one of the most violent buccaneers active against the Spanish during the mid-17th century. A former French naval officer and gentleman adventurer, he engaged in a violent and destructive war against Spain in the Caribbean and the Spanish Main. His reputation as a fierce enemy of the Spanish ...
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Juan Montenegro

bornactivedied
unknown1830s1835
A Columbian. One of Captain Gilbert's crew in the pirate schooner Panda. Hanged at Boston in 1835.
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Captain Christopher Moody

bornactivedied
16941713-17221722
an 18th-century pirate who held a policy of no quarter (no sparing of lives). After he was captured, he was hanged at Cape Coast Castle in Cabo Corso, Ghana (now Cape Coast, Ghana). Christopher Moody may have previously been a member of Bartholomew Roberts' crew. He is believed to have pirated off the coast of North and South Carolina sometime between 1713 a...
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William Moody

borndied
unknownunknown
Ship: Rising Sun, 35 Guns
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Thomas Moone

bornactivedied
1545 ca1572-15951595
English captain and pirate, was originally a carpenter. He became a member of the crew of Francis Drake in 1572 and attended all his robberies expeditions to the Caribbean. Together plundered many Spanish ships, towns and villages. He was captain of a small ship in the fleet CHRISTOPHER Vice Admiral Francis Drake on a trip around the world in the years 1577-...
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William Moore

aka: Gunner Moore
bornactivedied
1665 ca1690s ca1697, Oct 30
English pirate, master gunner. He sailed on the ship Captain William Kidd ADVENTURE GALLEY in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. He did not like the arbitrariness of Captain Kidd and the fact that the crew members had become pirates against their will. Therefore, raised a revolt and its October 30, 1697 William Kidd shot him during an altercation.
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Jose Morando

aka: Couro
bornactivedied
unknown1820s1827, Aug 17
Member of Jacque Alexander Tardy's gang on the Crawford. Captured and hanged.
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Captain Morgan

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
This pirate must not be confused with the buccaneer, Sir Henry Morgan. Little is known about him except that he was with Hamlin, the French pirate, in 1683, off the coast of West Africa, and helped to take several Danish and English ships. Soon the pirates quarrel...
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Colonel Bledry Morgan

aka: Blodre
bornactivedied
unknown1660s-1670sunknown
commanded rearguard at Henry Morgan's raid on Panama
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Lieut-Colonel Edward Morgan

bornactivedied
unknown1664-1665unknown
Buccaneer. Uncle and father-in-law of Sir Henry Morgan. In 1665, when war had been declared on Holland, the Governor of Jamaica issued commissions to several pirates and buccaneers to sail to and attack the Dutch islands of St. Eustatius, Saba, and Curacao. Morg...
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Sir Henry Morgan

bornactivedied
1635 ca1663-16881688, Aug 25
a British privateer, buccaneer, and admiral of the Royal Navy. He made himself famous during activities in the Caribbean, primarily raiding Spanish settlements, and was considered a pirate only to the Spanish, whom he was lawfully attacking. He earned a reputation as one of the most notorious and successful privateers in history, and one of the most ruthless...
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Lieut-Colonel Thomas Morgan

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
Sailed with Colonel Edward Morgan to attack St. Eustatius and Saba Islands, and after these were surrendered by the Dutch, Thomas Morgan was left in charge. In 1686 he sailed in command of a company of buccaneers to assist Governor Wells, of St. Kitts, against the French. The defence of the island was disgraceful, and Morgan's company was the only one whi...
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Humphrey Morrice

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718
Of New Providence, Bahama Islands. Hanged at New Providence in 1718 by his lately reformed fellow-pirates, and on the gallows taxed them with "pusillanimity and cowardice" because they did not rescue him and his fellow-sufferers.
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John Morris the Elder

bornactivedied
unknown1663-1672unknown
an English buccaneer active in the Caribbean during the 1660s and early-1670s. His son, John Morris the Younger, held a command of his own ship during his father's later expeditions against Portobelo and Maracaibo. John Morris the Younger was one of the commanders killed in an explosion during a party on-board more
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John Morris the Younger

bornactivedied
unknown1668-1670unknown
One of Captain Bartholomew Roberts's crew. When the Royal Fortune surrendered to H.M.S. Swallow, Morris fired his pistol into the gunpowder in the steerage and caused an explosion that killed or maimed many of the pirates.
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Captain Thomas Morris [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1710sunknown
One of the pirates of New Providence, Bahamas, who, on pardon being offered by King George in 1717, escaped, and for a while carried on piracy in the West Indian Islands. Caught and hanged a few years afterwards.
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Captain Morrison

borndied
unknownunknown
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William Morrison

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 8
From Jamaica. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged in Charleston, South Carolina, November 8, 1718.
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Philip Morton

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 22
A gunner of Edward Teach's crew. Killed November 22, 1718, at Ocracoke Inlet during the fight with Lieutenant Maynard’s crew.
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Zachary Moulton

borndied
unknownunknown


Erasmus Muller

bornactivedied
unknown1700sunknown
Dutch privateer in the 18th century. Sold one of the prizes he captured, together with Jan Lens, on 31 July 1705 in Amsterdam. The prize consisted of a flute with the name Stad Bordeaux. The cargoe was: 1300 dry hides, 340 casks of sugar, 50 casks of cocoa and 50 Ceroenen (? = Dutch) Cocoa.


James Mullet

aka: Millet
bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 8
From London, England. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged in Charleston, South Carolina, November 8, 1718.
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Darby Mullins

bornactivedied
16611690s-17011701, May 23
Kidnapped servant turned pirate.....This Irish pirate was born in the north of Ireland, not many miles from Londonderry. Being left an orphan at the age of 18, he was sold to a planter in the West Indies for a term of four years. After the great earthquake at Jamaica in 1691, Mullins built himself a house at Kingston and ran it as a punch-house—often a ...
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Thomas Mumper

borndied
unknownunknown
An Indian of Mather's Vineyard, New England. Tried for piracy with Captain Charles Harris and his men, but found to be "not guilty."
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Stephen Mundon

bornactivedied
1703 ca1720s1723, Jul 19
Of London. Hanged for piracy at Newport, Rhode Island, on July 19th, 1723, at the age of 20.
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John Andrew Murrell

aka: Murel, Murrel
bornactivedied
1804/6?1820s-18341844
a near-legendary bandit operating in the United States, along the Mississippi River, in the mid-nineteenth century. Convicted for his crimes in the Circuit Court of Madison County, Tennessee, Murrell was incarcerated in the Tennessee State Penitentiary, modeled after the Auburn penal system, from 1834 to 1844.
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Mustapha

bornactivedied
unknown1558-1560sunknown
In 1558 he sailed, with a fleet of 140 vessels, to the Island of Minorca. Landed, and besieged the fortified town of Ciudadda, which at length surrendered. The Turks slew great numbers of the inhabitants, taking the rest away as slaves.
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Sir Christopher Myngs

aka: Christopher Mings
bornactivedied
16251650s-1660s1666
English naval officer and pirate. He first appears prominently as the captain of the Elisabeth, which after a sharp action during the First Anglo-Dutch War brought in a Dutch convoy with two men-of-war as prizes.In February 1658, he returned to Jamaica as naval commander, acting as a commerce raider during the Anglo-Spanish War. During these actions he got ...
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