William Kidd was one of the most celebrated characters that lurked
around New England. His career of piracy began and ended in
Massachusetts. Towns all over New England each have their own tale
of Kidd secreting his treasures in the darkness of night before turning
himself in to the authorities in Boston. Before gaining his
reputation as a pirate though, he was a well-respected Commander of a
privateer during the King William’s War. Known for his skill and
bravery as a Captain, he later was commissioned to fight a war against
the pirates that haunted the Atlantic. From this point on it
wasn’t long before he was accused of becoming a pirate himself.
According to ‘The Pirates
Own Book’, a collection of, circumstantial accounts, trials and
narratives from the 1700’s, before sailing, Kidd buried his bible on
the shores of Plymouth sound. Its divine principles were so
inconsistent with his wicked course of life that he decided not to keep
a book that condemned his lawless career. Though there are no
details as to how he buried it, Kidd may have done this with great care.
If he planned to reclaim it once he retired from his iniquitous life, he
might have wrapped it in a velum and buried in a chest. Also being
a ships Captain he would have purchased a bible sturdy enough to handle
the rough life of a sailor. At the time, there were bibles
available that had metal bindings and clasps made for travelers.
Some of these, not only had beautiful details engraved into the covers
but also were made with precious metals like gold and silver; so,
Kidd’s bible could be considered the first treasure he buried in New
England. Most likely it was
consumed by the earth and elements long ago. Who really
knows?; so, if you see something odd sticking out of the sands of
Plymouth sound, take a closer look, it just might belong to the most
famous pirate ever, Captain Kidd.