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Account of Pirates by Thomas Walker—12 March 1714/15

Richard Ward at Charles Town, SC—11 Oct 1715

Alex. Spotswood and John Vickers, 3 Jul 1716

Pirate Goods in South Carolina 14-19 Jul 1716

SC officials pirating the goods of Benjamin Hornigold’s former

Sloop Betty, then commanded by John Perrin of Virginia

Thomas Walker letter at Charles Town, SC—5 Aug 1716

Thomas Walker Junr. at Charles Town, SC—6 Aug 1716

Samuell Liddell 7 Aug 1716 (off site)

Allen Bernard, 10 Aug 1716 (off-site)

Memorial of Monsr. Moret (off site)

Lewis Galdy, 10 Aug 1716 (pdf)

Jonathan Barnet, 10 Aug 1716 (pdf) or (text)

Thomas Bendysh, 14 Aug 1716 (pdf)

John Cavalier, 16 Aug 1716 (pdf)

John Beswick, 18 Aug 1716 (pdf)

Abijah Savage - Antigua—30 Nov 1716

John Kenney—Antigua—10 Dec 1716

Report of Acting-Gov. Peter Heywood—3 Dec 1716

Henry Timberlake, 17 Dec 1716 Thache/Hornigold

Deposition of Joseph Eels, qmstr of Mary—20 Dec 1716

Andrew Turbett and Robert Gilmore - 17 Apr 1717

Report of Matthew Musson, 5 Jul 1717

Report of Capt. Candler, HMS Winchelsea, 8 Jul 1717

Petition of Merchants of Bristol to the King—19 Jul 1717

Henry Bostock, St. Christophers, 19 Dec 1717

William Wade, master of William & Samuel—15 May 1718

William Megerre, master of Revenge of Jamaica—16 May 1718

Martin Preston, passenger on the mutinied Dolphin, James Burchett, commander—20 May 1718

David Herriot, Charles Town, 24 Oct 1718 3 pages

Stiles, Blake, White, & Gates—12 Mar 1719

William Bell—12 Mar 1719

Remonstrance of Tobias Knight—27 May 1719

Edmund Chamberlaine—27 May 1719

William Smith—Concerning Bonnet & Tookerman-1 Sep 1721

Woodes Rogers concerning Tookerman et al—11 Sep 1721


Petitions and Answers:

Petition of Bristol Merchants about Charles Galley—21 Sep 1717

    - about being chased by Hornigold and captured by the Spanish

Petition of Capt. George Gordon—Wives & Widows—3 Aug 1721?

King’s Response to Gordon Petition—23 Oct 1721-3 Nov 1721

Pirates of Morning Star and Good Fortune—28 Apr 1722

Richard Taylor and crew of Cassandra— 26 Apr 1723


Pardons, Commissions, Indictments, & Trials:

Comm. For privateer Virgin, Capt. Harry Beverley, 15 June 1716

Henry Teague et al in SC 27-30 Nov 1716

Trials of eight persons indited for piracy, Boston - 18 Oct 1717

Surrenders of Pirates in SC—5 Feb-10 Sep  1718

William Howard Trial in Virginia—29 Oct 1718

Stede Bonnet, etc. Charles Town, SC (pdf) - Oct/Nov 1718

Ten Persons Tried for Piracy at Nassau—9-10 Dec 1718

Spanish Town, Jamaica (Vane, Rackham, etc) (pdf) - 1720/1

Trial of Dr. John Howell, the Bahamas, 18-29 Dec 1721

Judgment of Olivier le Vasseur du la Buse, 7 Jul 1730 (off site)


Papers and Statements:

Page’s List (10 Vessels comm. By Hamilton)—ca. May 1716

Proclamation of King George I (pirates in Jamaica) - 30 Aug 1716

Board of Trade – Decision on Lord Hamilton - 2 Oct 1717

Excerpt from Papers of Thomas Pitt, earl of Londonderry

        5 partners’ settlement of Bahamas 1717-1721


Papers Relative to Joseph Bingham’s Barbados Merchant in RAC service (1704-1707)  - Edward Thache as crewman under Capt. Jonathan Deeble of Plymouth

Treasury Dept. 70/43 correspondence with John Pery Sect.—1705

Treasury Dept. 70/44 correspondence with John Pery Sect.—1706

         Includes also items from Treasury folders T 70/2, T 70/5, & T 70/9 (1707 refs)

Henry Greenhill to Admiralty—21 Apr 1706

        9 days after Edward Thache departed at Isle of Wight to enlist on HMS Windsor


French Records (from Martinique)

Extract from William Hamilton to De Pas Feuquieres—spring 1717

De Pas Feuquieres about La Concorde—10 Dec 1717

Navy Cmdr. Charles Mesnier about La Concorde—10 Dec 1717

Disorders caused by the Pirates (Thache & Bonnet) - 21 Dec 1717

Deposition of Christopher Taylor at Martinique - 12 Jan 1718

Activity of the Pirates in Santo Domingo - 21 Jan 1718

Deposition of Jean Morange (QAR v. French) - bef. 21 Mar 1718

Deposition of Francois Ernaud 1st mate of La Concorde—27 Apr 1718

Deposition of Pierre Dosset captain of La Concorde—27 Apr 1718

Declaration of Guinard and Dumillon (of Postillon) - 10 May 1719

Minutes of Marine Council—Feuquieres–Amnesty— 30 May 1719

About 36-gun English pirate—De Pas Feuquieres - 12 July 1719

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John Balchen of HMS Diamond to Admiralty—12 Nov 1715

Marquis de Casa-Torres to Lord Archibald Hamilton—3 Jan 1715/16

Lord Archibald Hamilton to Marquis de Casa-Torres—27 Feb 1715/16

Don Juan Francisco Del Valle to Marquis de Monteleon—18 Mar 1715/16

Alexander Spotswood to Admiralty—3 Jul 1716

Alexander Spotswood to Board of Trade—3 Jul 1716

Harry Beverley to Alexander Spotswood— bef. 14 Aug 1716?

Richard Perry to Micajah Perry, 15 Apr 1717

Adm. Sec. Josiah Burchett to Ellis Brand—30 May 1717

Bartholomew Candler to Admiralty—12 May 1717

Adm. Sec. Josiah Burchett to Lt. Gov. Alex. Spotswood—30 May 1717

Bartholomew Candler to Admiralty—19 Jul 1717

Ellis Brand to Adm. Sec. Josiah Burchett—4 Dec 1717

Gov. William Hamilton to Board—6 Jan 1718

Vincent Pearse to Admiralty, 4 Mar 1717/8

Thomas Jacob of HMS Diamond to Admiralty—27 Mar 1718

Ellis Brand to Adm. Sec. Josiah Burchett—22 May 1718

Vincent Pearse to Admiralty, 3 Jun 1718 w/enclosure

     (includes 209 pirates surrendered at New Providence)

ADM 1/1879  From the Letters of Capt. Francis Hume 1 Apr-7 Sep 1718

     (about Olivier LeVasseur de la Buse’s pirate vessel, sloop Blanco, taken 13 Jun 1718)

Thomas Smart of HMS Squirrel to Admiralty—20 Jun 1718 (re: QAR wreck)

Ellis Brand to Admiralty—12 Jul 1718 (re: QAR wreck)

Vincent Pearse to Admiralty, 5 Sep 1718

Robert Johnson to Board of Trade—21 Oct 1718

Woodes Rogers to Board—31 Oct 1718

Tobias Knight to Edward Thache—17 Nov 1718

Alexander Spotswood to George Gordon—24 Nov 1718

Steed Bonnett to Col. William Rhett—27 Nov 1718

Alexander Spotswood to Board of Trade—22 Dec 1718

Woodes Rogers to Secr. James Craggs—24 Dec 1718

Ellis Brand to Admiralty—6 Feb 1718/9

       (about the Virginian Invasion of North Carolina)

Ellis Brand to Admiralty—12 Mar 1718/9

Ellis Brand to Admiralty—8 Apr 1719

Josiah Burchett to Richard Elliot—18 May 1719

Ellis Brand to Admiralty—8 Jul 1719

Ellis Brand to Admiralty—14 Jul 1719

Alexander Spotswood to Treasury - 16 Jul 1719

George Gordon to Adm. Sec. Burchett, 2 Oct 1719

George Gordon to Adm. Sec. Burchett, 17 Nov 1719

Josiah Burchett to Robert Maynard—20 Nov 1719

Josiah Burchett to Capt. Ellis Brand—20 Jan 1720

Ellis Brand to Admiralty—26 Jan 1720

James Stanhope to Anthony Cracherode - 10 Feb 1719/20

Alexander Spotswood to Secr. James Craggs—28 Jul 1721

George Gordon to Adm. Sec. Josiah Burchett—14 Sep 1721

Edward Vernon to ?? Beswick—20 Sep 1721

Admiralty to Clerk of Council—5 Oct 1721

Edward Vernon to Josiah Burchett—30 Oct 1721

Edward Vernon to Wm. Cockbourn at Jamaica —29 Nov 1721


Log Entries:

HMS Phoenix Captain’s Logs—entries for 22 Feb-11 Apr 1718

HMS Scarborough—entries for 11 Jun 1718—22 Jul 1718

HMS Launceton Logs—entries for 18 Jan 1721—12 Nov 1722


Wills and Deeds (Thache family deeds discovered by Baylus C. Brooks)

Deed for slave “Sabina” from Dr. Thomas Stuart to Rachel Thache-23 Mar 1705

Deed of Edward “Blackbeard” Thache of HMS Windsor to Lucretia Thache—10 Dec 1706

Deed of Daniel Porter to Richard Tookerman—24 Jan 1721

Will of Cox Thache, Spanish Town, Jamaica —25 Feb 1737

Will of Lucretia Teache, Spanish Town, Jamaica—11 Sep 1742-1 Sep 1743

Will of Richard, 5th Viscount Fitzwilliam—8/12 January 1743-20 Apr 1744

Will of Thomas Thache mariner of St. George, Middlesex, England—1748/1749

Will of Capt. William Wyer of Charlestown, Massachusetts—20 Feb 1748


Newspaper Accounts

"Boston Notice of April 5, 1714” (pirates Hornigold, Cockrum, West)

Boston News-Letter reports of Thomas Newton, master of Land of Promise, and William Wyer, master of the burned Protestant Caesar—31 May 1718


Published Accounts and Documents

Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period—John Franklin Jameson (pdf)