William Kidd

1645 - 1701

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William Kidd, also known as Captain William Kidd or simply Captain Kidd (c. 1655 – 23 May 1701), was a Scottish sea captain who was commissioned as a privateer and had experience as a pirate. He was tried and executed in London in 1701 for murder and piracy. Kidd had captured a French ship, commanded by an English captain, as a prize. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Kidd has received more than 2,096,112 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). William Kidd is the 11th most popular pirate, the 411th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 364th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Pirate.

William Kidd is most famous for being accused of piracy and murder.

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Among pirates, William Kidd ranks 11 out of 25Before him are Alexander Selkirk, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack, Mary Read, D. B. Cooper, and Bartholomew Roberts. After him are Henry Every, Sextus Pompey, Benjamin Hornigold, François l'Olonnais, Charles Vane, and Ching Shih.

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Among people born in 1645, William Kidd ranks 3Before him are Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Johann Ambrosius Bach. After him are Jean de La Bruyère, William Penn, Marguerite Louise d'Orléans, Andreas Werckmeister, Aert de Gelder, Eusebio Kino, Francis I Rákóczi, Louis Jolliet, and Nicolas Lemery. Among people deceased in 1701, William Kidd ranks 3Before him are Philippe I, Duke of Orléans and James II of England. After him are Madeleine de Scudéry, Louis I, Prince of Monaco, Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg, and Anne Hilarion de Tourville.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Kidd ranks 411 out of 6,924Before him are David Niven (1910), Richard Attenborough (1923), Robert Fripp (1946), A. J. Cronin (1896), Edward Victor Appleton (1892), and Hugh Grant (1960). After him are Albert Finney (1936), J. Bruce Ismay (1862), Ralph Fiennes (1962), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Margot Fonteyn (1919), and Tony Blair (1953).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

Among pirates born in United Kingdom, William Kidd ranks 7Before him are Blackbeard (1680), Henry Morgan (1635), Alexander Selkirk (1676), Calico Jack (1682), Mary Read (1695), and Bartholomew Roberts (1682). After him are Henry Every (1659), Benjamin Hornigold (1680), Charles Vane (1680), Edward Low (1690), and Samuel Bellamy (1689).