The Trial of Major Stede Bonnet and other pirates, including Robert Boyd, October 1718 at
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
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
Historical Committee, HBS
A number of these names look Scottish to me. So one of your missing families members
might be listed?