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William Kidd

1645 - 1701

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William Kidd, also known as Captain William Kidd or simply Captain Kidd (c. 1645 – 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 2,436,338 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. William Kidd is the 11th most popular pirate, the 458th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 410th 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, Bartholomew Roberts, Calico Jack, Mary Read, and D. B. Cooper. After him are François l'Olonnais, Sextus Pompey, Henry Every, Ching Shih, Benjamin Hornigold, and Charles Vane.

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Among people born in 1645, William Kidd ranks 2Before him is Marc-Antoine Charpentier. After him are Johann Ambrosius Bach, Jean de La Bruyère, William Penn, Marguerite Louise d'Orléans, Aert de Gelder, Andreas Werckmeister, Francis I Rákóczi, Eusebio Kino, Nicolas Lemery, and Anne Dacier. 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, Anne Hilarion de Tourville, and Stanislaus Papczyński.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Kidd ranks 458 out of 7,765Before him are Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (1863), Robert Plant (1948), William Shockley (1910), Mike Oldfield (1953), Tony Scott (1944), and James Callaghan (1912). After him are Mary Anning (1799), Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (1751), John Knox (1514), Philip Larkin (1922), Joshua Reynolds (1723), and Richard Francis Burton (1821).

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), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), Calico Jack (1682), and Mary Read (1695). After him are Henry Every (1659), Benjamin Hornigold (1680), Charles Vane (1680), Samuel Bellamy (1689), and Edward Low (1690).