Anne Bonny was an Irish pirate operating in the Caribbean, and one of the most famous female pirates of all time. Take a look below for 26 more interesting and crazy facts about Anne Bonny.
1. The little that is known of her life comes largely from Captain Charles Johnson’s “A General History of the Pyrates.”
2. Bonny’s exact birth date is speculated, but is somewhere around 1700.
3. She was said to be born in Old Head of Kinsale, in County Cork, Ireland.
4. She was the daughter of a servant woman Mary Brennan and Brennan’s employer, lawyers William Cormac.
5. Official records and contemporary letters dealing with her life are scarce.
6. Her year of birth is speculated to be between 1697 and 1700.
7. Since the relationship between her father and mother was not formal, her father sought to move away from Ireland to escape his legitimate wife and her family. He first moved to London, where he set up a legal practice and started dressing her as a boy.
8. After her father’s real wife got to know about his adultery, she made it public and ensured that he didn’t receive any allowance from his estate. This made it impossible for her father to stay in London.
9. Her father left London with her and her mother and settled in the then province of Carolina in current day United States of America.
10. After initial struggles, her father built a successful business and became a plantation owner.
11. Her mother passed away when she was 12 years old.
12. She was known to have a fiery temper. As per some accounts, she once stabbed a servant girl to death out of rage.
13. She is also said to have stabbed a man who was trying to sexually assault her, which resulted in his hospitalization for many weeks.
14. At the age of 16, she married a small time pirate named James Bonny. James Bonny married her for her wealth, but her father didn’t approve of their marriage.
15. Her father disowned her and kicked her out of his house.
16. She and her husband moved to Nassau, on the New Providence Island, in the Bahamas. Her husband became an informant to the governor of Bahamas, Woodes Rogers, and helped him send many pirates to prison.
17. She began mixing with many pirates in the local taverns of Nassau. She met John “Calico Jack” Rackham, a notorious pirate, during this period, and he became her lover. Jack Rackham was captain of the pirate sloop “Revenge.”
18. Jack Rackham offered money to her husband for divorcing Anne, but he refused.
19. She and Rackham eloped from Nassau along with Rackham’s crew by commandeering a sloop named William from Nassau harbor.
20. According to some accounts, fellow female pirate Mary Read was also part of the Rackham pirate crew at the time of commandeering of William.
21. She became part of Rackham’s crew of pirates, which was very rare at the time not only because of social beliefs but also because many pirates thought that women on a pirate ship bring bad luck for the ship, captain and crew.
22. It’s said that Rackham asked her to disguise herself as a man on the shop. Only Rackham and fellow female pirate Mary Read, knew about her true gender.
23. According to some accounts, she never hid her true gender from the crew members of Rackham’s sloop but wore men’s clothes when participating in raids or armed conflicts.
24. She’s said to be as ruthless as other members of Rackham’s crew.
25. She is said to have married Rackham on ship at sea. Her name was listed as a wanted pirate in a wanted pirates’ circular that was published in “The Boston News-letter,” which was the only newspaper of British occupied North American territories at the time.
26. While Mary Read died in prison due to complications during childbirth, the fate of Anne Bonny is a mystery. There is no record of her release or execution.