Barbados 1780 rum made by slaves fetches highest price ever

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Queen Elizabeth’s cousin sells 12 bottles from secret stash for US$127,555.65

In 1780 on the island of Barbados, unknown slaves without names distilled and barreled rum for their master: Edward Lascelles, the first Earl of Harewood. The rum was shipped to jolly old England in barrels where it was bottled and tucked away in a cellar at the family mansion… where it sat for 231 years before being discovered. Wuhloss! It wouldn’t have lasted a week ’bout my home!

Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, the Earl (later promoted to Viscount Lascelles) owned some 22 plantations and 2,947 slaves in the Caribbean – including Lascelles House near Holetown.

All these years later his descendant, David Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood, is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and great-grandson of King George V.

Mount Gay Rum owns the Barbados estate.

What did the 8th Earl of Harewood do with all that money from the sale of slave rum? Good for him… he gave the money back to the Caribbean people – to the Geraldine Connor Foundation.

Good for the Queen’s cousin!

But he only gave back the money from 12 bottles of rum.

We still waiting for the money from the sale of the family mansion: bought an paid for with the blood and tears of thousands of slaves.

Robert.

Further Information about this event:

Harewood House Auction and the Rum Ambassador

 

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10 responses to “Barbados 1780 rum made by slaves fetches highest price ever

  1. ticktock

    England gave us ‘independence’ as soon as our usefulness was done.

  2. Bjrn Jansson

    Still not possible to read this post!!! Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 02:19:24 +0000 To: jansson.bjorn@hotmail.se

  3. De Oracle

    nobody getting reparations, grow up you whining dreamers.

  4. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    De Oracle
    December 23, 2013 at 9:43 am @@@ The DBLP government wants that reparations money to do as they wish , too add to their bank accounts,120,000 to be paid but we not see the names on the last as yet.

  5. Anonymous

    Here we go again,instead of always whining about slavery we should worry about the toilet our government is flushing us down!
    In case you missed it we have had no slaves in Bim for over 150 years, time for us to move on.

  6. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    Even in todays market a bottle of wine still worth more than a Slave.

    Anonymous Says:@ Funny the JEWISH never seem to move on , The September 11 never seem to move on , Pearl Harbor Never seem to move on ,
    So Why slavery need to move on ? As they now bring it up to slavery payments,

    just think ,, its the N- word and not Nigga , No one to say that now.

    As they JEWS make movies with the word and Hollywood all making Millions.
    The Home boys can talk it ,,, but who paying them for the music singing Nigga , If you remove the word the movies have no meaning , or even out of what they call songs , Try to get the message for it dont seem to apply to you , The word have nothing to do with skin color , but more of how people behave and ACT

  7. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    What was the price of one bottle in 1780 ? and the cost of one today?

    Did any one see that the price adds up to 9 , this is to let you know who buying and who is selling,

  8. Robert Ross

    Anon

    I agree with you entirely. The time has come for us to know we’ve grown up.

  9. Rastaman

    @plantation deeds: And what is the significance of 9 ?

  10. Mount Gay bought it, coming back soon – I wanna sip!