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was the Illegitimate daughter of an attorney of Cork Ireland, whose wife had left him because of his adultress ways.   Her mother was a maid in his father’s household.   In order to pass young Bonny off as the son of her father's friend, an apprentice in the law firm, she was dressed as a boy.   Later on her father put aside all pretensions and decided to live openly with his former maid.   The scandal outraged his employeer & he was forced to search elsewhere for work.   She with her father & mother sailed for Carolina, where he was successful as a lawyer and merchant, and was thus able to buy a plantation.   When her mother died, she took over the duties of her father’s housekeeper.

She grew up to be a hardy girl, fierce and courageous plus she had a very fiery disposition.   She is said to have killed a serving girl with a knife during one of her fits of rage, granted this was never proven.   But it was common knowledge that she had thrashed a young man, who made unseemly advances.   He was so badly injured that he was confined to his bed for several weeks.

Anne married James Bonny, a young soldier, whom her father didn't approve & he threw her out of his house.   Her father's attitude was that he was "not worth a Groat."   Her husband's ambitions of inheriting a fortune were lost, and he took his wife to the West Indies looking for employment.   Where she met Jack Rackham on New Providence, who captured her heart.   They made their way to the sea, with Anne disguised in mens clothing.   After a few months she became pregnant. Rackham took her to friends in Cuba, who saw her through the pregnancy.   Immediately after the child was born she rejoined her lover at sea & there is no record of what became of there child.

Despite their sex, Mary & Anne were fierce pirates & as many of their ship mates stated, were "resolute and ready to board or undertake anything that was hazardous" in the time of action.   A witness at their trial stated that the both of them cursed and swore with the best of males & never cringed at murder.   Their sex was known to the rest of their fellow crew as the two would dress in women's attire during moments of peace, and dressed in mens jackets, trousers, with handkerchiefs tied around their heads, when the possibility of action arose.   This costume after all was more suitable for fighting.

The two were captured on John Rackham ship by Captain Burnet & tried under St. Jago de la Vega.   When asked if there should be any reason why sentence of death should not be passed on them, the two (still dressed in male clothing) pleaded pregnancy as a reason for temporarily escaping the noose.   Pregnancy saved Mary Read from the gibbet, but soon afterwards she became very ill & died in prison.   Anne Bonny also found to be an expectant mother, was given a reprieve.   She remained in prison until the baby was delivered, after which she was reprieved time & again until she disappeared, thus never hanged.   Some say that her father paid for her release & returned home to lead a quiet life on his plantation.



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