Low (also known as Ned) - English pirate. Born in Westminster,
England, where he worked as a ship rigger. He traveled at
sea with his brother, ending up in Boston, where he met a
pretty girl named Eliza Marble, well respected, whom he married.
They had a son, who died an infant, and a daughter Elizabeth.
Eliza died in labor, leaving Low with his daughter.
he used the same 'pirate' flag as Teach, with a red flag run
up if a fight ensued. Late in his career, in July 1723, he
flew a black flag with a red skeleton. Mention is made of
a flag in his early career called the Green Trumpeter, which
is a green silk flag with a yellow figure of a man blowing
a trumpet on it, used to signal his other ships that the captains
of the pirate fleet were to meet on his ship. It was hoisted
on the mizzen peak.
guessed he was hanged by the French in Spring 1724, after
he was deposed by his crew.
copy of his articles printed on 8th Aug 1723 listed:
married man be forced to join their company
were not to be killed in cold blood
one to talk in secret with prisoners
of England were not to be taken (unless fate decreed otherwise,
and they captured one in innocence)
boats were to be sent between ships after 8PM until morning
if any of the Company shall advise, or speak any thing tending
to the separating or breaking of the Company, or shall by
any Means offer or endeavour to desert or quit the Company,
that person shall be shot to Death by the Quarter Master's
Order, without the sentence of a Court Martial.
captain is to have two full shares, the master is to have
one share and a half, the doctor, mate, gunner and botswaine,
one share and a quarter
that shall be found guilty of taking up any unlawful weapon
on board the privateer or any other prize by us taken, so
as to strike or abuse one another in any regard, shall suffer
what punishment the captain and majority of the company
shall see fit.
that shall eb found guilty of cowardice in the time of engagements,
shall suffer what punishment the captain and majority of
the company shall think fit.
any gold, jewels, silver etc be found on board any prize
or prizes to the valu eof a piece of eight, and the finder
does not deliver it unto the quarter master in the space
of 24 hours, she shall suffer what punishment the captain
and majority of the company shall think fit.
that is found guilty of gaming, or defrauding one anotehr
to the value of a royal plate, shall suffer what punishment
the captain and majority of the company shall think fit.
that shall have the misfortune to loose a limb in time of
engagement shall have the sum of 600 pieces of eight, and
remain aboard as long as he sees fit
quarters to be given when craved
that sees a sail first shall have the best pistol or small
arm aboard her
that shall be guilty of drunkenness in time of engagement
shall suffer what punishment the captain and company shall
snapping of guns in the hold
sailor captured be given ample chance and encouragement
to join the company and so grow their number