Post by Big Mongo
From Peerage News...
General Colin Powell: his aristocratic ancestry revealed
by Michael Rhodes via Peerage News
General Colin Luther Powell, who died 18 October, 2021, aged 84, served
as 65th US Secretary of State in the presidency of George W. Bush. The
Gulf War commander who once patrolled the old Cold War border of East
Germany with Elvis Presley, was descended from the Coote baronets, and
could claim a kinship with Diana, Princess of Wales.
Colin Powell [born 5 April 1937], was descended from General Sir Eyre
Coote, Governor of Jamaica 1806-1808, who had children by a black slave
Both General Powell and Diana, Princess of Wales were descended from Sir
Charles Coote, of Castle Cuffe, Queen's County, Ireland, created a
baronet by King James I in 1621. Sir Charles was killed in a skirmish in
Powell was a fourth couisn, albeit several times removed, of the late
Diana. Tenuous? Maybe. But if Sir Charles Coote had never lived then
neither would Powell or the late princess.
That one's ancestor was born out of rape isn't a legacy of aristocracy.
I would be horrified to learn I had any royal blood in me. Those