Ghosts and Legends: The Bouquet- Stede Bonnet


Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate, was executed on December 10, 1718. In the Legend of The Bouquet, we learn that on the day of his execution, after a foiled escape attempt, he was escorted to the gallows, heavily guarded by soldiers. Following them to the gallows was a young girl holding a bouquet of flowers. As they placed the noose around his neck, the girl handed him the bouquet of flowers. It is thought that this gesture on the part of the girl might have given Bonnet the repentance he needed to rest in peace.