DEAD: Mary Read

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Mary Read (aged 35–36)
Pirate

Mary Read (1685 – 28 April 1721), also known as Mark Read, was an English pirate. She and Anne Bonny are two of the most famed female pirates of all time, and among the few women known to have been convicted of piracy during the early 18th century, at the height of the “Golden Age of Piracy”.

DEATH: Rackham and his crew were arrested and brought to trial in what is now Spanish Town, Jamaica, where they were sentenced to hang for acts of piracy, as were Read and Bonny. However, the women revealed they were both “quick with child” (known as “pleading the belly”), and received temporary stays of execution.

Read died of a violent fever while in prison. Her 28 April 1721 burial is in the records of St. Catherine’s church in Jamaica. There is no record of the burial of her baby, suggesting that she may have died while pregnant.

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