"Sarah Forbes Bonetta was named after a ship and its commander. After Britain had outlawed the slave trade, there was still illegal transatlantic trading operating from West Africa. British naval patrols intercepted slaves and put pressure on the kingdoms of West Africa to cease the trafficking. Commander Forbes, in charge of the Bonetta, was patrolling the coast of what is now Benin and, during negotiations with the local ruler, was off ered eight-year-old Sarah as a captive. Forbes's story was that if he refused to take Sarah whom he described as a 'juvenile princess', she would be killed or shipped across the Atlantic as a slave. 'Of her own history,' Forbes wrote, 'she has only a confused idea. Her parents were decapitated; of her brothers and sisters she knows not what their fate might have been. For her age, she is a perfect genius; she now speaks English well and has a great talent for music.' Forbes took her on as a ward of the crown, brought her back to Britain and raised her as part of his family. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were touched by her story and sponsored her, paying for her baptism and education. This picture was taken in 1862 when she was 20 . Bonetta lived in Brighton and married a compatriot, James Davies. He had been captured and freed by the British and set up as a West African business man in importsexports. They had two children. The daughter, named after Victoria, went to Cheltenham Ladies College."