Scottish Archaeology Month celebrates pirates

Two Scottish pirates, executed in Aberdeen in 1597, were the subject of the recent Scottish Archaeology Month. The stories of Robert Laird and John Jackson were to be told as part of the re-enactment Tales from the Tolbooth.

The two men were reportedly executed for a raid on a ship at anchor at Burntisland, Fife, and were hardly the Jack Sparrow type of pirate. According to Chris Croly, of Aberdeen City Council archaeology unit, the men were desperate fellows, driven to the act by poverty.