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The Trial of Major Stede Bonnet and other pirates, including Robert Boyd, October 1718 at Charleston, SC.
I was given this information privately – which I thought members would like to know.
The tryals of Major Stede Bonnet and other pirates, viz. Robert Tucker, Edward Robinson, Neal Paterson, William Scot, Job Bayley, John-William Smith, Thomas Carman, John Thomas, William Morrison, William Livers alias Evis, Samuel Booth, William Hewet, John Levit, William Eddy alias Nedy, Alexander Annand, George Ross, George Dunkin, John Ridge, Matthew King, Daniel Perry, Henry Virgin, James Robbins, James Mullet alias Millet, Thomas Price, John Lopez, Zachariah Long, James Wilson, John Brierly, and Robert Boyd, who were all condemn'd for piracy : as also, the tryals of Thomas Nicols, Rowland Sharp, Jonathan Clarke, and Thomas Gerrat for piracy, who were acquitted at the Admiralty Sessions held at Charles-Town in the province of South Carolina, on Tuesday the 28th of October 1718, and by several adjournments continued to Wednesday the 12th of November following : to which is prefix'd an account of the taking of the said Major Bonnet and the rest of the pirates.”
Perhaps some of our South Carolina Cousins know more about this Robert Boyd and his actions. It would seem that he was executed – I assume by hanging? Would there be any grave in Charleston, SC for him or would all these people be put into a common grave?
Where might all these people have come from - Ireland, Scotland or England?
It is known that in the 1600’s and 1700’s a number of Boyds were sea captains or master’s of ships. So, in 1718 it is not unusual to see a Boyd at sea.
And is there any indication of this Robert Boyd’s origins from these papers?
This is about 10 years after Scotland and England were joined together, however, I can’t recall if Britain had “just ceased a war” with some other country to know if they were wanting to stop attacks on that Country’s shipping in 1718.
So, this might be a nice puzzle for members on both sides of the Atlantic to make some inquiries and tell other members what they might find on this Robert Boyd of 1718 in Charleston, SC.
Historical Committee, HBS
A number of these names look Scottish to me. So one of your missing families members might be listed?
Looking for any information on Thomasina Mcghie. She married William MCCAA
on the 9th aug 1915, William went to the war just after they got married
to not return having died at sea on his return home. Thomasina was born at
Anworth which I presume is in Cumnock. Thomasina was born in1880 the
daughter of James McGhie and Willie ________. William was the son of
William McCaa and Elizabeth Ritchie. I am trying to find if Thomasina
remarried as she is not buried with her husband William.
Regards Alan Ritchie Gore New Zealand
A list of some 1600’s Boyd Sea Captains in Ireland.
I was recently sent his list of Boyd Sea Captains from one of the various publications written by David Dobson.
“John Boyd, master of the Mary of Coleraine, at the port of Glasgow, 12 August 1670 (NAS.E 72.1 2.14) VOL 3
John Boyd, master of the, Two brothers of Coleraine, at the port of Irvine, 11 September 1689 (NAS.E 72. 12.14) VOL 3
John Boyd, Master of the Elizabeth of Belfast, at the port of Ayr 2 April 1690 (NAS.E72.3. 24) VOL 3
John Boyd, merchant of the Mayflower of Donaghadie at Port Patrick 27th July 1682 (NAS.E 72.2 0.7)
John Boyd, Master of the Mayflower of Dublin, at Port Dublin, in October 1689; Master of the William of Belfast, a 100 ton pink from Belfast with 30 passengers to Virginia in 1699.
(NAS.E 72.19.15) (PRO. COS5. 1441)
Robert Boyd, Master of the Margaret of Larne, from Irvine to Ireland 15 August 1681.(NAS.E72.1 2.5)
Captain William Boyd, Master of the Elizabeth of Coleraine from Londonderry to Saltcoats, Ayrshire, and return in 1689. (RPCS)”
Is anyone researching any of these people? And can they be linked to any Boyd families?
It is somewhat difficult to determine if there are five John Boyd’s or a single person from this list or a number in between.
Historical Committee, HBS
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