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Sebastian Coe’s Roots Go Back to Sugar Cane Baron Who Kept 300 Slaves

Posted by admin on Aug 21, 2011

The double Olympic gold medallist and London 2012 chief was dismayed to learn that his seven generations ago, George Hyde Clarke, was a sugar cane baron involved in the “horror” of slave labour.

Lord Coe had no idea that his family roots lay in the Caribbean until he was invited to take part in the BBC’s genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are? His suspicions were confirmed when records showed that his ancestor owned 297 slaves. Their names and ages were listed in an inventory, and together they were valued at £700,000 in today’s money.

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