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Bartholomew Roberts

1682 - 1722

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Bartholomew Roberts (17 May 1682 – 10 February 1722), born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate and the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy (measured by vessels captured), taking over 400 prizes in his career. Roberts raided ships off the Americas and the West African coast between 1719 and 1722; he is also noted for creating his own Pirate Code, and adopting an early variant of the Skull and Crossbones flag. Roberts' infamy and success saw him become known as The Great Pyrate and eventually as Black Bart (Welsh: Barti Ddu), and made him a popular subject for writers of both fiction and non-fiction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bartholomew Roberts has received more than 1,654,560 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Bartholomew Roberts is the 7th most popular pirate (up from 10th in 2019), the 334th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 384th in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Pirate.

Bartholomew Roberts was a Welsh pirate who raided ships in the Caribbean and off the coast of Africa from 1719 to 1722. He was the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, capturing more than 400 ships.

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Among pirates, Bartholomew Roberts ranks 7 out of 25Before him are Hayreddin Barbarossa, Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Eric of Pomerania, Alexander Selkirk, and Anne Bonny. After him are Calico Jack, Mary Read, D. B. Cooper, William Kidd, François l'Olonnais, and Sextus Pompey.

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Among people born in 1682, Bartholomew Roberts ranks 3Before him are Charles XII of Sweden and Louis, Duke of Burgundy. After him are Calico Jack, Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Johann Friedrich Böttger, Şehsuvar Sultan, Jacopo Amigoni, Princess Albertina Frederica of Baden-Durlach, Jan van Huysum, William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, and Claudine Guérin de Tencin. Among people deceased in 1722, Bartholomew Roberts ranks 3Before him are Kangxi Emperor and Elizabeth Charlotte, Madame Palatine. After him are John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Toland, Johann Adam Reincken, Johann Kuhnau, Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld, Pierre Varignon, Marie Anne de La Trémoille, princesse des Ursins, Éléonore Desmier d'Olbreuse, and Countess Palatine Hedwig Elisabeth of Neuburg.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Bartholomew Roberts ranks 334 out of 7,765Before him are Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), Ian McShane (1942), Rudolf Abel (1903), Gertrude Bell (1868), and Anne, Princess Royal (1950). After him are Rod Stewart (1945), Henry Moseley (1887), William Hogarth (1697), Christopher Marlowe (1564), Enid Blyton (1897), and Vivienne Westwood (1941).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

Among pirates born in United Kingdom, Bartholomew Roberts ranks 4Before him are Blackbeard (1680), Henry Morgan (1635), and Alexander Selkirk (1676). After him are Calico Jack (1682), Mary Read (1695), William Kidd (1645), Henry Every (1659), Benjamin Hornigold (1680), Charles Vane (1680), Samuel Bellamy (1689), and Edward Low (1690).