Dominica

Chabert de Cogolin St. Hirst, Hatton Garden

Tafia rum
Tafia rum

Tafia rum

103 x 144 mm (4.1\" x 5.7\")

History

An estate on the norhteast coast in the broad Pagua Valley which was once 300 acres in size. It was one of the prime estates in the original 1776 British survey of the island and it was owned named by the first English owners after a street in London called Hatten Garden famed for its shops trading in diamonds. The ruins of its mill and sugar and lime factory are still occupied. The water to power the mill was channelled in a canal from the St. Marie or Crapeau Hall River. In 1882, six years before emancipation, 197 slaves worked there and it produced 161,280 pounds of sugar and 5,500 gallons of rum. The water mill was in working order up to the end of the 1960's. In the 19th century the estate was owned by the Anderson Family, then in the 20th century by J.J. Musgrave and his heirs, then by the Shillingfords and latterly by the late Frobel Laville who subdivided and sold or distributed portions of the estate.


Peter,
this would be the early Hatton settlers of America, related to those in England. One, Lewis Hatton sailed from America to Hatton Gardens, Dominica, to stock up on rum. He was, apparently, related to Sir Thomas Hatton, secretary of the province of Maryland and acting governor from time to time under Lord Baltimore.

The Hattons first appear sailing in the Islands, and off the coast of VA before 1600, then one, John Hatton settled and survived in 1613. From records I have read he became friendly with the Cherokee Indians and that probably saved him. He spoke the language.

These Hattons, of which I am most likely related, where more interested in many other things other than the politics of early America, other than to be against a war with England which would not be to their best interest. This is documented by a letter written by Walter Hatton against the war and the confiscation of the land of Robert Hatton. All of this indicates, like Sir Thomas Hatton, they were in the Islands, and America, because of the crown and personal business ventures...Like RUM....beats OIL!

There were four Christopher Hattons, all related. One was Lord Christopher Hatton 1540-1591 who was Lord Chancellor of England during Elizabeth 1 and lived at Hatton Gardens in London. He was a friend of Sir Francis Drake. Drake named his ship after him [the Golden Hind, a female deer/doe on the Hatton Crest]. These two, Hatton and Drake, I believe, conspired for more than history tells. It was because of Lord Hatton that Drake got his funding. Later, a second Sir Christopher [kinsman] took the titles and served in court as well. His son is Sir Thomas Hatton, mentioned prior, held estates in England and America and was probably invested in Hatton Gardens in Dominica. He also had a 22 acre garden at his manor in England. They named a place in America [USA] Hatton Gardens as well.

They were, indeed, colorful men and a mixed bag of personalities..God love them!

I remember a Cat-O-Nine-Tails hanging in our grandfather's, William Hatton, home. It was never used but you thought long and hard before you stepped out of line. It was his father's and perhaps further back than that...

My best, Ernest Hatton

[Source: Ernest's e-mail, cit. 2005]


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