Anne Bonny

Anne Bonny (c 1700 - unknown) was a pirate from Cork, Ireland, and one of only several well-known female pirates. Learn a little about her here, and then enjoy our fun colouring pages and printables with the kids!

Anne Bonny

Anne Bonny was just as fearless as any male pirate, and was a tough, independent woman who had to fight hard to be accepted amongst her fellow pirates in an age where women had few rights. She would often fight in battles alongside the men, and was just as effective in combat.

Fun Fact: When she was a child, her father dressed her as a boy to fool his wife into paying an allowance. As an adult, she would always dress as a male when she fought.

A Short Biography of Anne Bonny

Anne Bonny was born as Anne Cormac to her father's maid in Cork, Ireland around 1700. 

Her father took her to Charleston, South Carolina to escape his wife's family and start his legal career again. Anne was said to have fiery red hair and a fiery temper to match! There are stories that she attacked a servant girl with a knife when she just 13.

When Anne was 16, she fell in love with a small-time pirate named James Bonny and married him against her father's wishes. The newly-weds travelled to a pirate's hideout, New Providence, and Anne became acquainted with many pirates.

James Bonny became a pirate informer for the governor, but by now Anne had many pirate friends, and had fallen in love with a pirate captain called Calico Jack Rackam. He was a small-time pirate who attacked coastal shipping around the Caribbean. They had a baby together, although nobody knows what happened to the child, who possibly died or was raised by someone else. Annelived on Rackam's ship and became good friends with another female pirate called Mary Read.

In October 1720, Rackham and his pirate crew were attacked by a British Navy ship, commanded by Captain Barnet, an ex-pirate. Most of the men were too drunk to fight, but Bonny and Read fought bravely for as long as they could. In the end, all of Rackham's crew were captured and taken to Jamaica for trial. Bonny's famous quote to Rackam told him exactly what she thought of him in the end - "Had you fought like a man, you need not have been hang'd like a dog".

The sentence for all the crew was death by hanging. Mary and Anne both claimed to be pregnant and were spared.

Mary died in a Jamaican prison from fever, but nobody really knows what happened to Anne. Many believe her father paid her ransom and brought her back to Charleston, where she started a new life and lived for around 60 years.

Our Anne Bonny Activities

Anne Bonny Booklet

Anne Bonny Booklet

Our Anne Bonny booklet is a great place to record all the information the kids have learned about the famous female pirate. Choose from our lined or blank version, and refer to our origami booklet page for instructions on how to fold the booklet.

Anne Bonny Colouring Page

Anne Bonny Colouring Page

Here's a cartoon-style picture of famous pirate Anne Bonny, perfect for younger kids to colour in.

Anne Bonny Colouring Page 2

Anne Bonny Colouring Page 2

Anne Bonny was a notorious woman pirate who terrorised the Caribbean in the 17th Century alone and with her partner, the equally notorious Calico Jack Rackham!

Anne Bonny Interview Worksheet

Anne Bonny Interview Worksheet

Our fun worksheet asks the kids to imagine they are a talk show host interviewing Anne Bonny. What kind of questions would the audience want to hear? And how would you get the famous pirate to give the best answers?

Anne Bonny Newspaper Writing Prompt

Anne Bonny Newspaper Writing Prompt

Can the kids use our newspaper writing prompt to write about an interesting event in Anne Bonny's life? How about when she was captured but managed to have her life spared in prison?

Anne Bonny Notebooking Page

Anne Bonny Notebooking Page

Here are two Anne Bonny notebooking pages to choose from, so the kids can record what they have learned about the famous pirate.

Anne Bonny Poster

Anne Bonny Poster

Anne Bonny was a famous and ferocious female pirate! We've got a fun poster of her to print and display in the classroom.

Anne Bonny Story Paper

Anne Bonny Story Paper

Our Anne Bonny story paper is perfect for younger children who might be doing a bit of research on this famous female pirate as part of a pirate project. The pages come in lined and handwriting, each with a simple picture to colour in.

Anne Bonny Story Paper 2

Anne Bonny Story Paper 2

When the kids have learned a little about Anne Bonny and her pirate deeds in the Caribbean, why not let them record their findings on this lovely story paper, complete with colouring page? There are 2 follow on pages in the pdf, so make sure to print just what you want.

Anne Bonny Worksheet

Anne Bonny Worksheet

Anne Bonny was certainly an interesting character and she had an eventful life - our worksheet asks the kids to find out some basic facts about her, but also asks them to think if they would like to have met her and what they would have talked to her about?

Anne Bonny Writing Page

Anne Bonny Writing Page

Our Anne Bonny writing page comes in black and white or colour, and is perfect for younger kids to record some facts that they have learned about the famous lady pirate. 

Learn To Draw Anne Bonny

Learn To Draw Anne Bonny

Children can learn to draw Anne Bonny, the famous female pirate, using our step by step guide. They can colour in the finished picture too!

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