Homesick pirate: the story of Edward Robinson

I wrote a piece about Edward Robinson, the Newcastle Pirate, for issue #6 of Northern Correspondent, a print magazine for the North East of England described by the Guardian as “a New Yorker for Newcastle”.

Edward Robinson left Newcastle in the early 1700s, when the old stone-arched Tyne Bridge still spanned the great river. Known as the Newcastle Pirate, Robinson sailed with Blackbeard during the Golden Age of Piracy. That fact alone should place him among the North East’s most interesting historical figures. Yet very little else is known about him, and he exists as a semi-mythical character, the subject of murderous tales and ghost tours, and dubiously credited as the inspiration for Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies…

Read the article in issue #6 of Northern Correspondent.

Now available to read on Medium.

Published by Paul Brown

Writes about football, history, true adventure. The Guardian, Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard, Longreads, Deadspin, etc. Latest book: The Ruhleben Football Association. Twitter: @paulbrownUK