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Captain James MacRae and The Pirates of Malibar

Captain James MacRae and The Pirates of Malibar

Not a lot is known about James MacRae's early life. He was born in Ayrshire in 1677 and moved to Ayr with his widowed mother at the age of five. With no formal education, and only a life of poverty ahead, he left home and sailed to India.

A relatively uneventful early career, (if only because it went unrecorded), changed on August 17, 1720 - when MacRae, as Captain of the Cassandra, encountered the infamous pirate Edward England near the Comoros archipelago to the north of Madagascar.

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