The Lickerish Earl

The 3rd of November marks the birth (in 1718) of John Montague, the fourth Earl of Sandwich who not only gave his name to the Sandwich Islands (now known as Hawaii), but whose favourite snack, the humble sandwich, also bears his name.

Although meat had been served on, or between slices of bread from Asia to Europe for millennia, the sandwich purportedly gained its name from Lord Sandwich’s predilection for the comestible and his reluctance to leave his work and sit down to table to consume more conventional – but inconvenient – meals.

John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich by Thomas Gainsborough, c.1783.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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One Response to The Lickerish Earl

  1. I like your snippets of history as much as I like your woodworking posts. On either post, I usually learn a new word definition too.


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