Today marks the anniversary of the execution of notorious pirate Captain William Kidd, who was hanged from Execution Dock in Wapping on this day in 1701. After death, Kidd’s body was hanged in chains further east at Tilbury Point.
I can’t do any better than link to Richard Cavendish’s feature on Kidd’s execution – produced for the 300th anniversary in 2001 – which is on the History Today website here. However, look out for something more on Execution Dock on this blog in the next couple of weeks. 🙂