William Kidd

Scottish sailor who was tried and executed for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean

Captain Kidd, or, by his real name, William Kidd, (c. 1645[1] – 23 May 1701) was a Scottish pirate and sailor. It is heard that he buried a treasure chest on a deserted island. The chest had a lot of gold and jewels in it.[2] He was found guilty of murder and was executed by hanging at 'Execution Dock', Wapping, in London on 23 May 1701.

William Kidd
Portrait by James Thornhill
Bornc. 1654
Dundee, Scotland
Died23 May 1701(1701-05-23) (aged 47)
Wapping, England
Cause of deathExecution by hanging
RelativesShea Dauphinée, Michael Dauphinée, James Dauphinée
Piratical career
TypePirate / Privateer
AllegianceKingdom of England, Province of New York
CommandsBlessed William
Adventure Galley


  1. "William Kidd | Biography, Ship, Treasure, Death, & Facts | Britannica".
  2. Osborne, Mary Pope (1994). Magic Tree House, Pirates Past Noon. United States of America. p. 37. ISBN 0-679-82425-1.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)