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Actor Brian Cox has supported a campaign to clear the name of Captain William Kidd, wrongly hanged for being a pirate.

The Dundee-born star is supporting calls for a royal pardon to Kidd, who was executed in London in 1701.

The star of the Cox Estate, 74, who lives in New York City, said: I wholeheartedly support initiatives to grant William Kidd a royal pardon or redeem his reputation.

It is never too late to right an injustice.

Captain William Kidd was executed in London in 1701 after being accused of being a pirate.
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The sailor, who was also born in Dundee, was successful in hunting pirates, but his fortunes changed dramatically when he was accused of being himself.

He was tried, and after the evidence he needed to clear his name had disappeared, he was convicted and hanged.

The actor isn’t the only person to ask for Kidds’ pardon.

MSP William Kidd no relation called the murder inspired by the execution of the captains.

Evidence that would have cleared Kidd of the hacking charges was found in government files 200 years after his trial.

In 1911, British civil servant Cornelius Neale Dalton declared that Kidd was the victim of the intrigues of unscrupulous politicians and lawyers.

Ninety years later, author Richard Zacks wrote the bestselling book The Pirate Hunter The True Story Of Captain Kidd, in which he exposed injustice.



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