(also called Captain Ned Low/Lowe or Loe)
Born: around 1690
Edward Low was born around 1690, a tough kid to a very poor family of thieves in Westminster, London. Even as a child he cheated and stole money from everyone around him, especially the footmen working at the nearby House of Commons.
As he grew older he took up burglary, just as his brother, Richard, had. Although his brother was not particularly lucky, getting caught in 1707 and being hanged in Tyburn.
In 1710, having had enough of his life in London, Low moved to America and spent three or four years moving around the country, before he deciding to live in Boston, Massachusetts.
Here he met his wife, Eliza Marble, and they married in 1714. Then had a son, who sadly died as a young boy. Later, in 1719, Eliza gave birth to a daughter (Elizabeth), but she herself did not survive the birth, leaving Low the single father of a little girl.
Although he didn’t want to, Low then left his daughter in the United States and got himself a job (an honest job) on a boat as a rigger. A few years later, in 1722, he was employed as patron to supervise 12 man chop and collect a load of logs from Honduras and ship them to Boston for resale. But one day he and the men returned to the ship after a day of chopping and there was no food for them. Hungry, they complained to the Captain but he said they’d have to wait, and have a drink of rum instead. Low was not happy at this. So he picked up his gun and went to shoot the Captain - but he missed! Instead shooting dead another crewman, causing himself and his friends to be forced off the ship for mutiny.