Welsh Pirates

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Y Lolfa, 2006 - History - 112 pages
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This book recounts the exploits of dozens of rogues and Welsh heroes across the centuries. Experience the pirate's lifestyle - the drinking, womanizing, feasting and fighting, a life that was often short but full of thrills.
 

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I cannot help, but wonder about the source of this material. Captain Henry Roberts wasn't Welsh or of Welsh abstraction. He was born in Dartmouth and married and died at Yate near Bristol. His family was of Gloucestershire nobility and related to John Roberts Mayor of Bristol.
They were an old merchant family and part of the British admiralty. My own research on the family makes me doubt that the Visitation entry for then is correct, as they appear in the Bristol records, as early as 1396 and mariners of Bristol in 1400!
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=002-pstj&cid=6-1-15&kw=Robard#6-1-15
Henry's eldest son Thomas founded the Roberts line of Sutton Cheney in Leicester, were at least two of his ancestors were knighted.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24130425@N07/3197192709/in/set-72157612578891046/
A Welsh pirate – I think not.
 

Contents

Introduction
9
Raiders of the Welsh coast
31
The support of the gentry
46
Raiders of the high seas
55
Pirate Miscellany
105
Pirates Today
124
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