Mary Read

1695 - 1721

Photo of Mary Read

Icon of person Mary Read

Mary Read (died April 1721), was an English pirate about whom there is very little factual documentation. She and Anne Bonny were among the few female pirates during the "Golden Age of Piracy". Read was likely born in England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary Read has received more than 2,893,466 page views. Her biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Mary Read is the 7th most popular pirate (up from 8th in 2019), the 396th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 386th in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Pirate.

Mary Wollstonecraft is most famous for her feminist work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.9M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 66.08

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 42

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.72

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.49

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among pirates, Mary Read ranks 7 out of 29Before her are Hayreddin Barbarossa, Blackbeard, Eric of Pomerania, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack, and Henry Morgan. After her are Bartholomew Roberts, D. B. Cooper, François l'Olonnais, William Kidd, Henry Every, and Sextus Pompey.

Most Popular Pirates in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1695, Mary Read ranks 1After her are Pietro Locatelli, Henri Pitot, Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Marie Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Giuseppe Sammartini, Adrien Manglard, Louis Armand II, Prince of Conti, Martin van Meytens, John Bevis, François de Cuvilliés, and Carl Gustaf Tessin. Among people deceased in 1721, Mary Read ranks 4Before her are Pope Clement XI, Jean-Antoine Watteau, and Alexander Selkirk. After her are Charles Vane, Anton Florian, Prince of Liechtenstein, Marguerite Louise d'Orléans, Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Johann Christoph Bach, Rudolf Jakob Camerarius, Pierre Daniel Huet, and Elihu Yale.

Others Born in 1695

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1721

Go to all Rankings

In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mary Read ranks 396 out of 8,785Before her are Lemmy (1945), Thomas Cromwell (1485), Oswald Mosley (1896), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), George Eliot (1819), and Ian Holm (1931). After her are Gordon Banks (1937), Edward the Confessor (1003), Richard Owen (1804), A. A. Milne (1882), Daniel Craig (1968), and Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

Among pirates born in United Kingdom, Mary Read ranks 4Before her are Blackbeard (1680), Calico Jack (1682), and Henry Morgan (1635). After her are Bartholomew Roberts (1682), William Kidd (1645), Henry Every (1659), Benjamin Hornigold (1680), Charles Vane (1680), Samuel Bellamy (1689), Thomas Tew (1649), and Edward Low (1690).