William Kidd was born in Scotland in 1645. His first ship was the Antigua. As a pirate, he went to New York to load up on supplies. There he met Sarah Bradley Cox Oort. Later they got married and had two daughters: Elizabeth and Sarah Kidd. After Kidd got married, he started pirating again with a new ship, the Adventure Galley. This new ship had 70 men and 36 cannons.
At some time during his voyages a dispute broke out with one William Moore who Kidd killed in a subsequent fight.