Bob Marley’s father – a British captain from Essex – revealed

Revealed: the white ex-naval officer who fathered Bob Marley was a British captain from Essex

By Glenys Roberts –  Daily Mail UK –  April 19, 2012

Bob Marley’s father

Tall, imperious and imposing, especially on horseback, Captain Norval Sinclair Marley roamed the plantations of Jamaica bedding many of the teenage daughters of the estate workers he was supposed to oversee.According to local gossip, he seems to have been a British naval captain who came from Essex and had once served in India, but he ended up working for the British colonial service in the Jamaican backwoods in the Forties.By then, Marley was at least 50 years old, yet his brief liaisons resulted in a number of children.

And one of his lovers was 18-year-old gospel singer Cedella Booker.    [more]

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  • Rooplall Dudhnath  On May 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

    bob marley father was scottish…..who jump ship in jamaica and sow his seed and the rest is history…..wan love!

  • Sybil  On May 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    On a visit to Jamaica, I remembered looking at a video of Bob Marley talking about his childhood and the English father he never knew. On that video, he spoke of being raised by a single mother who was a maid when he was concieved. Llke Marley, many Guyanese unknowlingy share those same experiences.

    Sadly, Colonialism left its dirty palm print in the light-skinned faces we see in Guyana and around the Caribbean today. The harsh reality is, many times these women were victims of their circumstances.
    In Marley’s case, he was brutally honest about his place in society and how the world percieved him, and this was evident in the lyrics to every song he sang.

  • E.W. Tessensohn  On October 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Captain Norval Marley is my grandfather. My mother is his daughter he,d left too, like he did to Bob…..

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