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Stede Bonnet / Richard Worley

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 17, 2009
1. Stede Bonnet/Richard Worley Marker
Inscription.  Near this spot in the autumn of 1718, Stede Bonnet, Notorious "Gentleman Pirate", and twenty nine of his men, captured by Colonel William Rhett, met their just deserts after a trial and charge, famous in American history, by Chief Justice Nicholas Trott. Later nineteen of Richard Worley's crew, captured by Governor Robert Johnson, were also found guilty and hanged. All were buried off White Point Gardens in the marsh beyond low-water mark.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraLaw EnforcementWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 32° 46.199′ N, 79° 55.772′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of South Battery Street, on the right when traveling east on South Battery Street. Located In White Point Gardens. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 South Battery Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Gilmore Simms (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Torpedo Boatmen Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); To the Defenders of Fort Moultrie
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 17, 2009
2. Stede Bonnet /Richard Worley Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Salvaging of this Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Eleven - Inch Dahlgren Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Thirteen - Inch Mortar (within shouting distance of this marker); Ten - Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Moultrie (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Thirteen - Inch Mortar (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Defenders of Charleston (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
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1. Stede Bonnet. Retired Army Major Stede Bonnet was about the strangest, and most unlikely pirate of all. He was apparently well off in his middle years as a successful planter. His sugar plantation brought him reasonable wealth, and he found himself among the best society of Bridgetown on the island of Barbados. (Submitted on May 23, 2009.) 

2. Stede Bonnet. Stede Bonnet (c. 1688 – December 10, 1718) was an early 18th-century Barbadian pirate,
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 17, 2009
3. Stede Bonnet /Richard Worley Marker
sometimes called "the gentleman pirate" because he was a moderately wealthy landowner before turning to a life of crime. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. William Rhett. Colonel William Rhett moved to the Province of Carolina in 1698. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Nicholas Trott. Nicholas Trott (January 19, 1663 – January 21, 1740) was an 18th century British judge, legal scholar and writer. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Richard Worley. Worley and his crew were captured when they mistook 2 ships as merchants. After receiving a tip to Worley's whereabouts, the Governor of North Carolina had sent the 2 ships out to trap him. Fighting to the end, all of the crew died except Worley and one other member. Both were hanged the very next day, February 17, 1719. (Submitted on May 23, 2009.) 

6. Richard Worley. Richard Worley (born ca. 1686 - died February 17, 1719) was an English pirate who was active in the Caribbean Sea and the east coast of the American colonies during the early 18th century. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

7. Robert Johnson. Robert Johnson (1682–1735) was the
Stede Bonnet<br>c. 1688 – December 10, 1718 image. Click for full size.
A General History of the Pyrates by Charles Johnson, circa 1725
4. Stede Bonnet
c. 1688 – December 10, 1718
British colonial Governor of the Province of South Carolina in 1717-1719, and again from 1729-1735. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional keywords. Pirates, Outlaws & renegades
 
Colonel William Rhett image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
5. Colonel William Rhett
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,437 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on September 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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