Pirate Queen Lottie Doll
There is a pirate themed raft race at this year’s Branksea Regatta which starts at the pier and ends with a treasure hunt on Smugglers Cove beach. Lottie reads the tale of Grace O’ Malley, a real life pirate who lived many years ago in Ireland, and decides that Grace is going to be the inspiration for her crew. Grace’s father was a clan chieftain who taught her to sail and she eventually came to be in charge of hundreds of men and many ships and became a very powerful woman; a ‘Pirate Queen’.
Lottie wears brown corduroy shorts with green sash, orange and white striped long sleeve top with removable skull and crossbones patch, pale blue waistcoat with black felt and button contrast detail, cream tights and pirate boots with buckle. A cutlass sword and a series of Grace O’ Malley collector cards complete the outfit.
Lottie is inspired by reading about the life of the original ‘Pirate Queen’, Grace O’ Malley, a real-life pirate who lived in 16th century Ireland, the ’most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland’.
We recommend ‘Pirate Queen of Ireland – The Adventures of Grace O’Malley’, a children’s version of the life of Grace O’Malley by award-winning biographer Anne Chambers.
Lottie is a wholesome doll alternative for children aged 3-9. She has a ‘childlike’ body – she doesn’t wear makeup, jewellery or high heels and she can stand on her own two feet (always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small). She’s all about letting girls be girls, doing all the activities a child would do, not growing up too quickly, and presenting a healthy view on body image