800px-Mary_Read_killing_her_antagonist_cph.3a00980 Surfing round the internet tonight looking up pirates (because: character names) I landed on pages about these two women pirates –Mary Read (above) and Anne Bonny (below).

My favourite wiki-nuggets:

“Read’s mother began to disguise illegitimately born Mary as a boy after the death of Mary’s older, legitimate brother Mark. This was done in order to continue to receive financial support from his paternal grandmother. The grandmother was apparently fooled, and Read and her mother lived on the inheritance into her teenage years. Still dressed as a boy, Read then found work as a footboy, and later found employment on a ship.”


It is recorded she  [Anne] had red hair and was considered a “good catch”, but may have had a fiery temper; at aged 13 she supposedly stabbed a servant girl with a table knife.”


I’ve had a pirate story brewing in my head for a while, so I’m filing this pair under ‘story food‘.

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