The St. Johns
and the Lowthers would have known each other from at least the end of
the seventeenth Century, when William and Anne were on the throne and
the St. Johns (Jean’s St. John’s white ancestry) and the Lowthers
(my white ancestry) shared Queen Ann - in common.
Henry St. John,
Lord Bolingbrook, an ancestor out of whom a branch of the black St.
Johns came, was married to Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, who was the
closest and childhood friend of Anne. Sarah even accused Ann of
being a lesbian but that for Ann could have been difficult because she
had eighteen miscarriages and a number of children.
Act instituted by Charles II so that he could get money to finance his
whores meant that all cargo to England from the colonies was supposed
to be shipped in British bottom - British ships - a St. John,
Lord Bolingbrook’s family was in Barbados at that time running up
and down the Caribbean and out of Nantes, West Coast of France by Biscayne
and before Brittany, France, trading illegally. The British would
have blown French boats out of the water but St. John traded back and
forth, while there were hostility between the two countries going on
all the time. The government of France ran piracy and the majority
of pirates in the West Indies were French. The British ones were
“respectable” privateers licensed from and for the Crown.
At least two
notable Lowthers operated from the island at that time and they operated
in the same circles.
are British nobility -Earl of Lonsdale- whose motto is Magistratus indicat virum - the
state of magistracy indicates virtue. One of them was Robert,
the longest serving, and the worst and most notorious governor.
He served at the beginning of the 18th century.
He was appointed by Queen Anne.
and tyrannical, he stole land and committed all manners of infelicities,
fired elected members on the Executive Council, broke all the rules
of the courts, persecuted all who opposed him, threw some in jail on
concocted charges and stole their land. He, his nephew,
Frere, and three others were ripping off money by the buckets and locking
up people without warrants and when Freres needed money Lowther, on
pretext, discovered that government house, which he occupied on a beach
in Bridgetown, what became the Royal Barbados Yacht Club, was unsafe
because of pirates and out of government money he bought a house, which
Freres owned called Pilgrims as the new Governor’s residence.
Today it is still the official Governor General’s resident.
He was called back to London, Queen Anne died and George I reinstated
him and sent him back.
return he overstepped his instructions and became both prosecutor and
judge of those, who were responsible for his recall. Finally he
was shipped back where he was prosecuted and found guilty of high crimes
and misdemeanours and sentenced to death. He survived only because
of a general amnesty at the death of King George.
were pirating and so was another infamous Lowther, a pirate called George
and a terror of the sea. His partner, Captain Massey, when the
two fell out with each other, wrote a narrative of Lowther’s
eventually committed suicide.
He and his
pirates were careened at an uninhabited island, Blanquilla, off
South America, when they were surprised and attacked by a British ship.
Lowther’s men surrendered. He escaped but was soon found dead,
his pistol at his side. Lowther was a mariner, who became a con
artist and when that failed a pirate. He plundered ships and sank
them with all crew on board.
He had sailed
from London as second mate on board a ship, which belonged to the Royal
African Company. Over time and through craft, he seized the ship
changed its name to the Delivery and began pirating throughout the Eastern
Caribbean with the crew. His first prize was a brigantine, captured
70 miles off Barbados. Days later he plundered a French sloop
off Western Hispaniola. Soon he had a fleet of four vessels, when
he arrived in Virginia.
St. Christopher (St. Kitts) he sailed
“with debaucheries, with drinking, swearing and rioting, resembling
devils rather than men; striving to outdo one another in new invented
oaths and excerations.” From the Bay of Honduras to Grand Cayman Island
he whipped, beat, cut up his victims, put them on board ships and set
everything in sight; ships on route from New England even fishing boats
were not spared. He hit the Grand Banks of New Foundland before
he returned to the Caribbean and made his last capture; a ship out of
Guinea, the Princess, off Barbados from which he took fifty-four ounces
of gold dust, the ships gun powder, small arms and the cargo.”
Adapted from REFLECTIONS
– Modern Politics – The Caribbean, Africa and Asia Minor by
Angela Cole and Gary Cole 1,200
Such men in
England would be judged by a “jury of their peers” in the House
of Lords and not by the customary ordinary man’s “jury of their peers,”
i.e. the regular person.
Where an unenlightened
judiciary is oblivious to certain understandings and where there is
no fear of judge, police, politician and citizens the only fear is exposure
- shining a light on dark deeds. Dark because the design of the
plan has a short life and will always fall and give way to truth.
as Jean St. John became more bent, I had held her hand to support her
as she walked.
The back of
a woman in the supermarket was Jean’s. “Jean St. John!” I said
to the back but when the woman turned she was taller and her gait and
silhouette was not that of Jean.
is in a home.” I said and at the same time the woman asked: “Is
she in a home?” Our voice met on “home.” Then we echoed
each other: “You know Jean St. John?” Our paths had never
crossed still we did not pass by each other - she did not know about
Jean and me and I did not know about Jean and her. She was
Jean’s age, about fifteen years older than I am.
I am a skeptic
so I say a force came in – like some, who can push an object without
touching or conjurer up one. Jean shape shifted and did so to
communicate. A friend, believes that shape shifting is occulting
and what we experience is called superimposition – alternative manifestation
- one body’s likeness over a next to send a message to the intended
receiver from the person that has left. He tends to say that we
will never see Jean again.
has been a returned to what I had written about Jean’s situation.
She and Jean had been friends for life and she had telephone her home
so many times and did not get her. She had heard that she was
in the hospital and was now out and in some nursing home.
“Jean is hard ears, everyone has two eyes, two ears and one mouth; she speaks too much.” She said.
she speaks the truth?”
The motto is
- speak the truth and thy shalt suffer persecution. Sordid history corrupts
and gives way to wickedness and those who do not think right are blind
to the light of the truth, cannot see or help what they are doing so
everything is O.K.
over the wicked, who turn themselves crazy as they watch the impotence
of money that is worth nothing against the riches of the world, and
heads become evil and cruel through and through.
There is a
way to keep wealth in a good way; it is not how much money but how:
let it be put to good use and not used for lust.
Jean’s home but I never got an answer and I did not want to call William
because he got his troubles.” William is Jean’s brother and
his wife had a stroke a few months ago and needs three people to attend
to her. Prime Minister Tom Adams’ death certificate is signed
by one doctor only, William, a surgeon, and he wrote the cause as related
to a heart problem.
not sleep.” She said.
We spoke about
the 19th Century act of piracy in these families and she
said she had heard about it and wondered it its was true and I assured
her that it was that I had researched it with Rocky Walcott and told
her how I had come to do so.
The Bible says
they love not blessing, they are foolish and cursing comes into their
mouth and so let curses fill their mouths leven into their bowels
and every word they speak shall be cursed and when they arise let them
be ashamed and let them be vagabonds and eat their bread from desolate
place: in other words they will gain from theft and murder, and will
be deceitful, seek the wicked to control and that Satan/Set stands at
their right hand side.
occupied my mind for the past few weeks and my decision was not to get
involved with beasts and creeping thing.
We spoke of
Jean’s living conditions: “I cannot believe that Jean had
to leave Salters when she looked after Daisy.” Daisy was their
mother. “They know she live like that ever since. I hear
a cousin come in. They will find what she has and it will end
up with the strongest one.”
I called a
name and she agreed and she solicited a promise to call her with Eric’s
number. I read her this letter although I left out the thing about
is an Absolute Defence
does not want to hear anything about the curse, no matter if everyone
knows, she wants to stay oblivious to the sound of the flute and does
not want to get to the bottom of the problem.”
Excerpt from REFLECTIONS
– Modern Politics - The Caribbean, Africa, Asia Minor
by Angela Cole and Gary Cole 1200
pages available April 2009
developments over the last two weeks have put some dark issues into
Jean, in her
seventies, sells in the Cheapside Market on Fridays and that is where
I stop usually to see her, drink a beer in a paper bag with her and
chat with the hawkers around, some of whom come from under the hill
at Hackelton Cliff and a few older ones remember Miller Austin, her
had been hospitalised with asthma and respiratory problems and the doctors
asked how could she have been left so long. The problem is her
toxic, living conditions and she has to spend time in a nursing home
until her house could be cleaned.
While she was
in the home I went inside her house for the first time, to find that
she had been living in worst condition than a dog would. Nowhere,
rich or poor have is seen such smut; it is like living in a cellar.
There were beds but they were full of things that were covered in dust.
She slept in a chair with grubby covers. Nothing had been cleaned
for decades and she seemed to eat mainly from cans.
families’ prestige means nothing if they could allow one of your own
to live worst than an animal.” I thought. “What
is the meaning of this. Why would she live like this?”
Realization came that she found ways to keep people out of the house
but some of her family had visited.
“I not asking
any questions.” The issue was evaded by Eric, her cousin, who
is old now. He is twenty years older than I am, and as we reach old
age they slay the broken in heart manage to wear down the spirit, and
oppress it when it is weakened. So many times we have asked the
question how can families treat each other in such ways?
We are not
blood related but form a linked through blood relatives and unfortunately
these relations and their associates were the only relatives allowed
and they have come to dominate in the family and the society.
do not like me.” Jean, beautiful, intelligent and full of joie-de-vivre
used to say. “I speak my mind and they do not care about me.”
And so she must have decided that the family did not mean anything to
her and then, it seemed, nothing meant anything.
That is a technique
- total isolation for those, who do not share their values and morays.
It is social death – treatment not fit for a human being - slay off
image and destroy in an emotional and spiritual way - not in the sense
of to take a knife and stab but to kill in ingenious and clever ways.
Nothing is done to assist but if hospitalised there are visits and when
dead a gathering sits, talks, shows off, gloats are gleeful and sated
of your family wants you around them.” My mother boasted.
“You cannot pull any of your families’ doors and go in.”
Of course I would not know about the other side of my family from whom
she isolated me in order to control. Animals if they do not want to
care for their young they kill them; they do not torture them for years.
It is a phenomena
– abnormal human behavior - a mental disorder bound up in genetics.
Genetics is not only to do with molecular theory – a gene is several
protein molecules arranged in a certain order, which predisposes to
a certain attitude in reaction to living. In the same way there
is mutation, what Darwin called adaptation. This is in-born cruelty
like female mutilation, most of those tribes in Central and North Africa
do not consider it barbaric.
Some were born
into this life but some adopted it, satisfied themselves, are protected
and helped with good jobs; they get on the boat and when they get on
the boat they take their children and grandchildren, they get their
houses and they cock-up and say:- “Oh I have lived a good life
and now I am ready to die,” but most have not accomplished an understanding
of any thing about life. All they have done is just follow the
They do not
think any different from their fore parents and the time warp cannot
be got out of - it has been so, no other way is known and it cannot
be seen and since no one in the household or the society comes out and
says that is cruel it continues. It is like what they do when
their backs are against the wall like Abraham:-
about a man of ability, so why would you tell me that Sarah was your
sister?” The King asked Abraham for Abraham had nearly made
him sin his soul. Abraham used to claim that Sarah, who
was supposed to be blonde, was his sister, when other men were around,
whom he thought might kill him and try to take Sarah away. Every
time he got into the same circumstance and was afraid he operated and
thought in the same way. And Isaac, his son, who was not even
conceived, when Abraham did these things, went and did the same.
My mother sneers
that I do not have much sense that she treats me badly and I still always
come back for more. This is called being human and the only reason
that she can hurt me is because she is my mother, a naval string connects
the two of us and there is a need to be validated that cannot be avoided;
everyone wishes for it. It is a need at the core of the
are family; nobody else outside can hurt us as they have done.
It is not about sense - it is like sometimes children are taken from
parents that burn them with cigarettes and put in with lovely foster
homes and they still runaway back to their parents because of a sense
of belonging – to be considered one of us. Counseling or pills
cannot get rid of it; it has to be converted to love towards somebody
Life is a struggle
and Jean has had something happened in her life to make her surrender,
something paralysed her to the point, where she refused to resist any
more and just fell into total degradation, where resistance is lowered
to spinelessness and ineffectualness, when a difference cannot be made.
There is no middle ground; life or death, light or darkness, up and
down and according to the Bible this is the valley of decision, no man’s
land, where the battle goes between good and devil for the soul, heart
and the mind.
As I walked
through the decades of garbage, where cockroaches and rats ran freely
I looked for a bat hanging upside down and I remembered that the white
St. Johns out of which the black St. Johns came are also Draxes and
the Draxes were vampires and that the state of un-dead is, when the
life-blood is sucked and blood pressure is lowered, anaemia occurs,
a pallor and lethargy sets in and movement slows. A state, where
the pulse is at the point just before death – living death.
Many of those
plantations along the St. George valley near Drax Hall are haunted also;
one or two even brought in priests to do exorcism but some white people
hide that fact.
In the biblical
definition the life substance whatever constitutes the life of the soul
or from the Chinese the Chia.
say that there are three souls: the Nephesh is the worldly that feels
hunger, thirst, pain and can die - animals like man have Nephesh - homo
erectus - ignorant man, walking on two feet, had it. Added to
this there are those that distinguishes man – homo sapiens, homo meaning
man, sapiens meaning wise - from all other life forms: the Ruach, the
middle soul - moral virtues, consciousness, which is to do with personality
and the ability to understand good and evil, then there is even a higher,
never-dying soul/spirit, the afterlife, the Neshaman, that at death
returns to the source that created it.
“There is nothing inside there that is good.” Said the shopkeeper, who saw the disaster at Jean’s.
are a carpenter’s son and we are the grandchildren of plantation owners.”
But they leave out, whose great grandfathers were pirates.
Monica is Jean’s double cousin – two Miller Austin daughters married
two St. John brothers and Eric’s sister “that she does not want
anybody in Jean’s house till she clean it up because she does not
want anybody walking around talking shit. She says that Jean is
a hoarder and I am one not as bad as Jean, and she has a daughter like
be translated by the society as pretence and means: “how would we
look if everybody walk around and say the truth.” It is rooted
again in piracy, which is greed - gain received without merit.
would not leave a sister or a cousin in these conditions and only close
to the end move in from overseas to clean up something they knew for
decades and claim: “I was the one to come in here and clean
out in here.” Jean’s land, which she needed some assistance
with, and got none, she struggled alone, to subdivide and create her
wish to build a small wooden house and sell the rest in order to do
so is worth in hundreds of thousands of dollars and her inherited shares,
1/27 shares, in the Malvern Trust is worth a wonderful amount if it
can ever be got together as it seems not to be to anyone’s benefit
except as a control mechanism – they own nearly all of Hackleton Cliff
and in an act of sacrilege, the wonderful plantation house was sold
for a paltry amount.
“I was the
one that sleep there.” Monica sleeps in a grubby chair at Eric
in order to create a further image. She does not help her brother,
who has been reduced by: “Eric mad,” and “do not let Eric
get money for when he talks people listen and he would turn this place
upside down.” And this is the reason that Eric is not to be
paid for his knowledge and the island’s farmers do not know how to
cure rot in onions and it is also one of the reasons that agriculture
is in disarray. Reduce Eric to nothing and do not mind the effect
on the island.
called at Jean’s house and Monica, who has ignored her from birth,
asked her, in this their first conversation, if she is hoarder like
Jean. That statement is to prevent exposure and save reputations.
Farce is what the outside world sees but the internal reality is dysfunctional
and in shambles.
sells in the market to embarrass us.” They used to say.
A few, the
still hungry, who have never been satisfied with the level of experience
of our mothers, fathers and the families and search for something deeper
are gained and gleamed from the dialectics of certain understanding
but connections and affiliations at different levels bear down, caution
creeps into the activity and nothing can be done but observe, poisoned
by whatever information that is fed around the circuit.
Next stop was
Jean’s locker in the market. For the first time there was chatting
with the hawkers. “Eric is the only one that can stop Jean from selling
in here.” This statement would demote creditability so that
nobody listens. These hawkers appreciate Jean and cannot be fooled.
sells in Oistins on Friday nights.” They say to themselves.
“Jean is a genuine person.”
There are different
types of enemies, who have their agendas and obsessions that come at
times and for different reasons and different needs and with credibility
lost others see value and are out for profits.
“The authorities believe that I have no right to sell in the market because I am a St. John.” Some people do not think I have a right to a stall at Oistins because I am a St. John.”