The Oddment Emporium

A Cornucopia of Eclectic Delights

Sara Forbes Bonetta: Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter
Sara Forbes Bonetta was a West African orphaned at the age of eight and subsequently captured by slave-raiders. Intended by her captors to be a human sacrifice, she was rescued by a Captain Frederick Forbes of the Royal Navy, who convinced King Ghezo of Dahomey to give her to Queen Victoria, “She would be a present from the King of the Blacks to the Queen of the Whites,” Forbes wrote later. He named her Sara Forbes Bonetta.
Victoria had Sara raised as her goddaughter in the British middle class. She was sent to school in Africa, and later returned to England when she turned 20. 
She was then sanctioned by the queen to marry Captain James Davies at St Nicholas’ Church in Brighton in August, 1862. Captain Davies was a Yoruba businessman of considerable wealth for the period, and the couple moved back to their native Africa after their wedding. She died at the age of 37 in 1880 of tuberculosis.

Sara Forbes Bonetta: Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter

Sara Forbes Bonetta was a West African orphaned at the age of eight and subsequently captured by slave-raiders. Intended by her captors to be a human sacrifice, she was rescued by a Captain Frederick Forbes of the Royal Navy, who convinced King Ghezo of Dahomey to give her to Queen Victoria, “She would be a present from the King of the Blacks to the Queen of the Whites,” Forbes wrote later. He named her Sara Forbes Bonetta.

Victoria had Sara raised as her goddaughter in the British middle class. She was sent to school in Africa, and later returned to England when she turned 20. 

She was then sanctioned by the queen to marry Captain James Davies at St Nicholas’ Church in Brighton in August, 1862. Captain Davies was a Yoruba businessman of considerable wealth for the period, and the couple moved back to their native Africa after their wedding. She died at the age of 37 in 1880 of tuberculosis.

  1. razzlellama reblogged this from edgarallenpotpourri
  2. edgarallenpotpourri reblogged this from theoddmentemporium
  3. lemerveilleuxquelquepart reblogged this from whateverstrikesme
  4. whateverstrikesme reblogged this from cardstumble
  5. cardstumble reblogged this from mypersonalcache and added:
    I saw a movie of this story. One irony and chance of fate according to the movie is that she died of tuberculosis she...
  6. mypersonalcache reblogged this from nextcomingofvishnu-gaga
  7. robotita98 reblogged this from marie-duplessis
  8. nextcomingofvishnu-gaga reblogged this from marie-duplessis
  9. marie-duplessis reblogged this from theoddmentemporium
  10. mrjazzani reblogged this from hectograph
  11. hectograph reblogged this from theoddmentemporium
  12. calypsobayou reblogged this from theoddmentemporium
  13. feralspeculation reblogged this from theoddmentemporium
  14. shandaw reblogged this from harrietsrevenge
  15. trashprincesss reblogged this from theoddmentemporium and added:
    Sara Forbes Bonetta: Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter Sara Forbes Bonetta was a West African orphaned at the age of eight...
  16. hannibal-laughter reblogged this from drraemccoy
  17. clarissacranemills reblogged this from theoddmentemporium
  18. ourextreaordinaryleague reblogged this from angrywocunited
  19. americancult-ure reblogged this from angrywocunited
  20. temporallydisplaced reblogged this from angrywocunited
  21. loysanloy reblogged this from angrywocunited
  22. bambamsplayground reblogged this from angrywocunited
  23. nucd reblogged this from angrywocunited