Nicholas Brown (pirate)

Nicholas Brown
Died 1726
Nickname The Grand Pirate[1]
Type Pirate
Place of birth England
Place of death Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Jamaica.
Years active 17??-1726
Base of operations Caribbean Sea

Nicholas Brown (died 1726) was an English pirate who was active of the coast of Jamaica during the early 18th century. Although accepting a royal pardon, he continued raiding shipping until his capture by pirate hunter and childhood friend Captain John Drudge. Brown used the caves, on the cliffs of Negril to hide his plunder and Drudge laid in wait to capture him. After a fierce gunbattle, Brown surrendered. He eventually died of wounds during his capture and, following his death, Drudge had Brown's body decapitated and his head pickled for which he would use to collect his reward.[2]


  • Seitz, Don Carlos, Howard F. Gospel and Stephen Wood. Under the Black Flag: Exploits of the Most Notorious Pirates. Mineola, New York: Courier Dover Publications, 2002. ISBN 0-486-42131-7
  • Steele, Philip. The World of Pirates. Boston: Kingfisher Publications, 2004. ISBN 0-7534-5786-5
  • The Republic of Pirates, (Nonfiction), by Colin Woodward (2007). ISBN 978-0-15-603462-3


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