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John Montagu,
the Earl of Sandwich

Known as the fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu was one serious gambler! It is rumoured that he would spend many long hours at the gambling table forgoing regular meals. It is thought that during a long session of gambling he asked a servant to bring him a piece of meat between two pieces bread. Hence, the modern "sandwich" was born and named after this famed gambler.

It's also been written that this Earl of Sandwich had a rather sordid life. Montagu was a member of a Satanic group called "The Friars of St. Francis of Wycombe" also called "The Hell Fire Club". The members of this notorious club occupied themselves with drinking, pornography, prostitutes and satanic rituals.
John Montagu, The Earl of Sandwich Montagu loved to seduce virgins and took pleasure in "the corruption of innocence, for its own sake". Montagu has been described as being "as mischievous as a monkey and as lecherous as a goat." He has been called the most disliked man in England. Montagu was against religion and democracy and because of his friendship with the King, had much influence and power.

Montagu held many positions of influence in British society. In 1739 he took his seat in the house of Lords. He was appointed a commissioner of the Admiralty and a colonel in the army. In 1746, he negotiated the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle. He became the first Lord of the Admiralty in 1748. In 1753, he was a Secretary of State. By 1768 he was Postmaster General and later again a Secretary of State and Lord of the Admiralty. His incompetence and corruption soon saw him dismissed from posts of influence and he retired in 1782. When Captain Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, he named them the Sandwich Islands after Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich. It's no surprise the name didn't stick.

This Earl of Sandwich had one tragic personal life. His wife developed such severe mental problems that she was certified insane and sent to a mental hospital. He met a young woman named Martha, whom he lived with and because he was not able to divorce his wife. Montagu was depressed and broke and concerned about the future of her children Martha developed a relationship with a young army officer. It's unclear why, but the army officer, James Hackman, approached her outside an Opera and shot her in the head. Hackman was convicted and beheaded. Montagu was devastated.

Perhaps it was his troubled personal life from which he found escape at the gambling table.


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