Sunday, June 21, 2009

Kidd makes modern headlines

Chris and Dan are quoted extensively in a June 7 article published in the Sunday Post of Scotland.

The story is headlined: "Capt. Kidd could be cleared after 300 years" and it tells how the Fraternity of Masters and Seamen is pursuing an appeal of the trial in 1701 which scapegoated Kidd and convicted him of murder and piracy.

The Dundee-based organization - Dundee is Kidd's birthplace - wants to put the case in front of a Criminal Case Review Commission, which could send the case to the Court of Appeal in London.

The BBC is also reporting on the story, noting that Scottish Member of Parliament Bill Kidd (no relation, he says) is urging legislators to support the idea of exonerating Capt. Kidd.

We are also on the verge of opening up discussions with a new and well-placed agent, so stay tuned.

2 comments:

Adam Clark said...

Interesting news. Can you post a link? I wasn't able to find the Sunday Post article, but in searching for it, I found that About.com's history blog has a link to a similar piece in The Scotsman.

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/features/In-defence-of-Captain-Kidd.5446954.jp

Dan Hamilton & Chris Macort said...

Here's the link to The Daily Express:

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/107406/Bid-to-clear-Kidd-s-name

and to the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/8112769.stm

-dan