a red-headed free spirit, a woman who lived for adventure danger and excitement. A pirate. Husbands and lovers came and went. But the sea stayed, and called to her. She roamed the Caribbean, hiding out in Jamaica and Cuba, fighting, carousing and plundering alongside men, as an equal.
Time and again, just as her luck seemed to about run out, she would manage to get away. Some said this was the influence of her weary father, a rich and powerful merchant. Others said that she could sweet-talk her way past any captor.
Anne lived as she wished, escaping one last time to South Carolina, where she lived out her days in peace - although, it is said, never truly free of the call of the sea and the lure of the tides…
Born Anne Cormac, in Kinsale County Cork Ireland. The illegitimate daughter of lawyer William Cormac and his servant woman Mary Brennan.
She immigrated with her family and settled on a plantation near Charleston, North Carolina. It was here where her father would become a businessman accumulating a substantial fortune.
Anne with her red hair was considered a ‘good catch’ but with a temper even more fiery than her hair. It is said she stabbed a servant girl with a table knife.
fiery Red Head with a a fierce and courageous temper she eloped with pirate James Bonney, against her fathers wishes. Stories say that she set fire to her fathers plantation in retaliation.
James took her to a pirates lair in New Providence in the Bahamas where she would commence in her life as pirate.
Bahamian Governor Woodes Rogers offered the King’s pardon to any pirate, James turned informant. Anne was disgusted with his cowardice.
A new love is born with swaggering pirate Captain Jack “Calico Jack” Rackhan. She began sailing with him on his sloop Vanity preying on Spanish treasure ships off Cuba.
Bonny, Rackhan and their crew where attacked under the cover of darkness by a Kings Ship. They where captured and imprisoned in Jamaica.
Whilst Rackham was convicted to be hanged Bonny asked for mercy “pleading their bellies” because she was pregnant.
Bonny’s last words to the imprisoned Rackham “Sorry to see him there, but if he had fought like a Man, he need not have been hang’d like a dog.”
Having escaped death by hanging it was a quieter life for Red Bonny owning a tavern in the South of England regaling tales of her exploits to the locals.
With 80 years of proof as a pirate it was only natural causes that could stop Red Bonny. It is in York County Churchyard in York County, Virgina where her spirit lives on.