To mark International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here is Ann Bonny, a famous pirate (or PYRATE!) in the early eighteenth-century Caribbean. She was Irish, thought to have been born in Kinsale. Her life is known mainly through her appearance in a hugely successful collection of pirate lives published in London in 1724. This was Charles Johnson’s General History of the Pyrates, which established a lot of the standard motifs of the classic pirate, eye patches, wooden legs, buried treasure, the Jolly Roger etc. Arr me hearties!
- Niall Ó Ciosáin