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Pirate’s Library

While the many passages above may appear in Quest for Blackbeard, the histories and genealogies of all known pirates will be explored in similar depth in Brooks’ Dictionary of Pyrate Biography, currently in the planning stages.

Brooks has over 35 years of experience in genealogical research, has worked as a professional genealogist, and lately studied in the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University.


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Records pertaining to the book Sailing East



Letter of Robert Plunkett to RAC - 16 April 1719

Letter of Robert Plunkett to RAC - 30 April 1719

Letter of William Snelgrave—30 April 1719

Letter of William Snelgrave—1 August 1719

Phipps and Stevenson to the RAC - 12 Jan 1720

Alexander Spotswood to Admiralty—20 May 1720

James Naish about “Dragon Pirate”—15 Jun 1720

Alexander Spotswood to Secr. James Craggs—28 Jul 1721

Comm. Thomas Mathews - trouble with the Dutch Government at Cape of Good Hope—1 Nov 1721

Capt. James Pearce to Humphrey Morice -Cassandra- 12 May 1723

Comm. Barrow Harris to Duke of Portland—25 July 1723

Arguments with Gov. of La Bourbon for Kendall the pirate— letters dated April 1722 to Sep 1723



William Slade (mstr. Of Guinea Hen) - 3 June 1719 (Barbados)

Richard Vavastour—25 July 1719 (Southampton Archives)

Examination of Thomas Pyke (from Cassandra) —9 Nov 1721

Case of Trade w/Pirates in East Indies (Capt Taylor dep.) Dec 1721

Observations On Board the Lyon at Madagascar —ca. April 1722

John Freeman, Second Mate of the City of Ostend - Mar 1723

   Captured by pirates on City of Ostend or Ville d’Ostende, formerly Greyhound

Clement Downing Testimonies—16 & 28 Oct 1724

Sieur Robert about Pirates on Madagascar—1730

   Officer of captured La Duchess de la Noilles


Log Records:

Greenwich: Journal, John Barnes, Chief Mate

IOR/L/MAR/B/488A : Entries 30 Jul-8 Aug 1720


Dutch records:

Excerpts from Leibbrandt, Precis of the Archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Vol I