the above news article describes, Myrth was well known
with to law. She
came to Town (London)
looking to continue her apprenticeship where she
"contracted acquaintance with all manner of
transportations to the Americas, she was taken once
again, this time by the famous Jonathon Wild and cheated at the Tyburn Tree.
to her death, Myrth confessed her life to the
"Bishop of the Cells" as the Ordinary as
Newgate was known colloquially.
is her confession that provides the most detailed
accounts of Fugmore
Bay where the MacThoi operated a harbor for
pirates and privateers alike.
confession was published in "The Ordinary of
Newgate, His Account of the Behaviour, Confession, and
Dying Words of the Malefactors who were Executed
confessions along with sermons from the Ordinary were
sold before during and after the executions to benefit
the populace. All proceeds went to the
Ordinary. It provided the basis for stories and
songs of the time, not excluding some work of Daniel
first offense was stealing woolen caps. Later
stealing lead shingles from roofs, this time in the
guise of a man, calling herself Merle Van Gelt.
Her theft of linens from her mistress home led to her
first many transportations to the Americas.
There she would labor as an indentured servant.
little more than a year, she escaped. Under the
alias of Merle Van Gelt, she found a ship for
confession claimed that "it's a wicked world in
all meridians." The ship was taken by
pirates. Most of the crew, herself included
signed articles rather than be marooned. She
worked the pirate ship for several years before
breaking company with it and going ashore at Jamaica.
there she made her way to the pirates den of Fugmore