Whatever he did out there on the high seas doesn’t change the fact that William Kidd was a city resident—reportedly moving here from Scotland as a child, around 1650.
He was a prominent guy, marrying the colony’s wealthiest widow and living in a mansion on today’s Hanover Square, at 119 Pearl Street.
Kidd, fancifully illustrated here in New York Harbor, even donated materials to help build Trinity Church.
Of course, his days as a New Yorker were numbered. After learning he was wanted by the British for pillaging the Quedagh Merchant in the Indian Ocean, he tried to escape to Boston.
Found guilty in 1701, he was executed in London, his body left to hang as a warning to other pirates.
Above photo: lovely Hanover Square in the Financial District today. Kidd’s mansion stood at the far left.
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