Bartholomew Roberts, pirate (b in Pembrokeshire, Wales c 1682; d 10 Feb 1722).
Bartholomew Roberts, pirate (b in Pembrokeshire, Wales c 1682; d 10 Feb 1722). Called "the Puritan pirate" because he forbade excessive immoral conduct on board his ships, he is believed to have captured more than 400 vessels. Having appeared off the coast of Nova Scotia in June 1720, he made for Trepassey, Nfld, where in a predawn raid with a single ship he captured 22 vessels. He sacked the town and then sailed north along the shore, preying on shipping and settlements and recruiting men for his crew. After he quit Canadian waters he made for the African coast. He was killed in an engagement with a British ship off Cape Lopez; most of his surviving crewmen were executed or sentenced to slavery. His death marked the end of the "golden age" of piracy.