- Walter Kennedy (pirate)
Walter Kennedy (died
19 July 1721) was an Irish pirate who served as a crew member under Howell Davisand Bartholomew Roberts. He was one of six men, including Howell Davis, who mutinied, seized the sloop "Buck" and took to piracy. Davis was elected captain. Kennedy was with Davis on the island of Principewhen his party was ambushed by the Portuguese, and was one of only two members of the shore party to be able to escape back to the ship. With Davis dead, Bartholomew Roberts was elected as his successor. When Roberts and forty of the crew chased a possible prize in a captured sloop off the coast of Surinam, Kennedy was left in charge of Roberts' ship, the "Rover", and a large part of its crew. He took advantage of this to abandon Roberts and proclaim himself captain.
Kennedy headed for
Ireland, but having no skill in navigationlanded on the north-west coast of Scotlandinstead. Seventeen of the crew were arrested near Edinburghand put on trial for piracy, with nine of them being hanged. Kennedy himself was able to reach Londonwhere he is said to have kept a brothelin the Deptford Road. When one of his prostitutes accused him of theft, he was sent to the Bridewell prison, where he was denounced as a pirate by the mate of a ship he had taken. Kennedy was transferred to the Marshalseaprison and put on trial for piracy. He was hanged at Execution Dockon 19 July, 1721.
Cordingly, David 1995. "Life among the pirates" Abacus. ISBN 0-349-11314-9
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