Believe it or not, I'm getting some comments on the heroine, Faith, in my latest release, The Red Siren, being a pirate and how unbelievable that was for the time. NOT. So, anyway, I thought it would be interesting to relay a bit of factual information about a real female pirate who lived and plundered around the same time as my book takes place.
Her name was Anne Cormac and if you've read The Red Siren, you'll have already met her. She makes a brief appearance as a friend of Faith's sister, Hope, when Dajon and Faith rescue her from the Pink House tavern. Anyway, Anne actually lived at that time in Charles Towne and here's her story.
Anne Cormac was born around 1697 in Cork, Ireland. Her father, William Cormac, was a lawyer, and her mother was a household servant. Whoops! When his wife found out, William, his mistress and Anne were tosssed from the home and he took them across the seas to Charles Towne, South Carolina to start afresh. William became quite succesful and started a plantation and as Anne grew, he taught her all she needed to know in order to run said plantation when he died. But Anne was a rebellious, independent minded girl who often clashed with her father. There is a rumor still circulating in Charleston to this day that Anne Cormac nearly beat a man to death when he made advances toward her in a tavern.
Against her father's wishes, Anne married a young sailor named James Bonny and the couple moved to New Providence where Anne met the notorious pirate, Calico Jack Rackham. She dumped her husband and took off with Jack. Together, along with another lady named Mary Reed, they scoured the Caribbean, plundering and pillaging and murdering. Anne dressed like a man and it was said she fought alongside the other pirates with as much bravery and skill as any of them.
But all good things (or bad things, depending on your outlook) must come to an end and soon Calico Jack and his pirates were captured, tried, and hung. All except Anne. There is no record of her hanging and some say her wealthy father bartered for her release. I guess we'll never know what became of the infamous lady pirate, Anne Bonny.