meaning of ship's name Quedagh

Thrasher, Allen athr at LOC.GOV
Thu Feb 24 16:36:23 UTC 2011

I have been asked for the proper pronunciation of the name of the ship Quedagh Merchant < >, an Indian ship , owned by a man named Coirgi and hired by a group of Armenian merchants.  As the Wiki article elaborates, it was taken by the famous Scottish privateer William Kidd who eventually, in 1701, was hanged for piracy on account of it.  "Quedagh" means nothing in any Indian language I can think of, whether pronounced something like Kwedagh or Kyudagh; could it be Persian?  I find it hard to make anything out of Coirgi either. "Quedagh" is not in Hobson-Jobson.  Any suggestions appreciated.


Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D.
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