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Henry Delaune’s father-in-law, Sir William Hull, the Pirate.

Back in November last year I wrote of Henry Delaune, author of the book
Patrikon Doron (the cover of which was in our club colours, coincidence!).
Some months ago, through Lesley Russell, I received some information in
respect of Henry’s father-in-law, Sir William Hull, which I feel should not
pass without relating the following to you.

You will have read, over the last 4 years or so, of both, the Delaune and
Faunce family’s impressive CVs, Surgeons, Apothecaries, Doctors, Members
of Parliament, Archbishops, Generals, and the infamous connections of a
Regicide and a Murderer. Now we have a Pirate to add to the list.

William Hull was the son of a former Mayor of Exeter and he lived at Leamcon,
County Cork. In and around this area are Schull, Baltimore and Creagh (the
inlet of water leading to Skibbereen), and Long Island, all situated off or in
the North Atlantic area of Roaringwater Bay and it was here that Hull
masterminded one of the most successful pirate operation s of the early

17 century. Prior to this he had operated smuggling, and pirate activities
off the coast of Devon in and around 1604.

The English Admiralty made him Deputy Vice Admiral of Munster in 1609.
He had been a poacher, come gamekeeper some time prior to this
appointment. He was entrusted to protect the southern Irish coastline
against piracy, a natural progression for an often lucrative collaboration
between the North Atlantic pirates and the Admiralty.

William Hull had a castle at Castle Point on Leamcon, near Schull in West
Cork. It was to become one of the foremost hubs for the pirates who sailed
the North Atlantic. Hull was the chief contact for the pirates and was
known as a ‘land pirate’, for he received stolen goods, pepper, sugar and
canvas in return for a large percentage of the profits. Most of the pirates
lived on his estate and he charged them rent and there is no doubt from

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