HI127 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Carbonear, Edward Low, Pirate Code

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29 Jul 2016
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Golden Age V: Edward (Ned) Low
What was Edward Low’s significance to the history of Golden Age piracy?
- Themes: terror/cruelty; Success; Pirate Code.
Early Life:
Born in Westminster London
Came from a poor family that was marked by criminality
- His brother was hanged for his crimes
Possibly abused as a child but there is no specific evidence of this
Went to sea (Boston) in1711 with his other brother on a merchant ship
Some say this could be the upbringing of a psychopath
Boston:
Gets married and has a daughter.
His wife dies during the birth of their daughter. They had already lost a son at birth
In 1721:
He escaped from his life by joining a logwood voyage
What happened to his surviving daughter?
One day after working for many hours he asked the captain if he could have some rations.
The captain said no and Low pulled a gun on him
Unfortunately he shot the man standing next to the captain and had to flee with the help
of his friend MLS
George Lowther
They became partners in 1722
Low captured the Rebecca
They split apart…why?
North Atlantic Coast:
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