John Mucknell (The Kings Pirate)

Originally born in Stepney, but moved to the Poplar area after he married his wife. Originally Mucknell was a commander for the East India Company, but became the “Kings Pirate” during the English Civil War when he fought for King Charles I against the Puritans. Mucknell seized the ship under his command and began disrupting the trade on the English coast, all while flying the flag of the King. 

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