Edward Low was a notorious pirate during the latter days of the Golden Age of Piracy, in the early 18th century. Following the death of his wife during childbirth in late 1719, he became a pirate two years later, operating off the coasts of New England, the Azores, and in the Caribbean. He captained a number of ships, usually maintaining a small fleet of three or four. Low and his pirate crews captured at least a hundred ships during his short career, burning most of them. Although he was only active for three years, Low remains notorious as one of the most vicious pirates of the age, with a reputation for violently torturing his victims before killing them. The circumstances of Low's death, which took place around 1724, have been the subject of much speculation.