Richard Wollaston
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Richard Wollaston

Richard Wollaston (died 1626) was an English sea captain and pirate who was early colonizer in New England and the namesake of Wollaston (Quincy, Massachusetts) and Mount Wollaston. Some historians believe that Wollaston was first mentioned in 1615 by Capt. John Smith who recorded a confrontation with an English pirate, Captain Barra and his lieutenant "Capt. Wollistone." In 1617 Sir Walter Raleigh mentioned an encounter Captain Wollaston during his second trip to Guiana. In 1624-25 Captain Wollaston brought a group of approximately thirty indentured servants led by Thomas Morton to Massachusetts, where they founded Merrymount. Wollaston also was known for transporting workers to Cape Ann, Monhegan Island, and Virginia. On March 18, 1626 Captain John Bennington reported to the Duke of Buckingham that Captain Wollaston had been buried the day before.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Wollaston and Morton," Quincy History, Quincy, Massachusetts, Quincy Historical Society No. 34, Fall 1995
  2. ^ New English Canaan by Thomas Morton of "Merrymount" (1637)

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