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The role played by Scots in the slave trade and in its abolition has only recently been recognised. We hold both printed and manuscript resources recording Scotland's links with slavery. These include:. You can consult this material in our Special Collections Reading Room if you have a library card.
You can find details about printed material using Library Search. You can use the shelfmarks we have included here as one way to search and request items. Most of the manuscripts are listed in catalogues and guides at the reading room, but may not be included in Library Search.
See also our guide to manuscripts collections. More about accessing material at the National Library of Scotland. Estate papers and business records of sugar plantations in the Caribbean provide useful information about the management of the business. There are full references to these collections in the thematic list on slavery available in the Special Collections Reading Room.
Contemporary s of life in the plantations and social conditions of slavery have survived in diaries and memoirs. Material includes:. Until then it had been fashionable for wealthy families to have a young 'black boy' or girl 'attending' on them. Richard Holden, a Scottish merchant based in Bristol, described these experiences in correspondence to his family in Dundee between and [Manuscripts reference: Acc. Two very different published s of the voyages of slave ships from Africa to the Americas were written by two ordinary Scottish seamen.
In Parliament abolished the trading of slaves in the British Empire. We hold some correspondence of the famous abolitionist William Wilberforce spread through various collections. Some major manuscript collections contain correspondence dealing with the establishment Do scottish men like black women anti-slavery patrols in the Caribbean. The British Parliament abolished the slave trade in But enslaved people working on plantations in British colonies were not 'emancipated' until In other countries, most notably the United States of America, slavery remained in place.
The American Civil War from to officially ended slavery in the northern hemisphere. Many Scots campaigned for the abolition of slavery in the USA. Some of the most important personalities were:. Emancipation societies were established in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paisley with separate societies organised for and by women in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
In aroundwomen ed a petition in Edinburgh calling for an end to slavery.
Also available are the annual reports of the Edinburgh Ladies Auxiliary Emancipation Society for the s and s [Shelfmarks: 6. There were also many prominent American anti-slavery campaigners who visited Scotland seeking support. For instance:. During his tour of Scotland in Frederick Douglass, the formerly enslaved anti-slavery campaigner, demanded that the Free Church 'send back the money'.
The Free Church was founded in and was deprived of public money. It raised some funds from slave-owning Presbyterian churches in the United States. Many people felt that the Free Church was therefore sympathetic to the slave-owners and opposed to the emancipation of the slaves. These concern his involvement in the decline of slavery in East Africa [Manuscripts reference: Acc.
We also have the papers and correspondence of Alexander Low Bruce, In he married Agnes, Scottish missionary David Livingstone's daughter. This connection influenced his anti-slavery outlook. He advocated the role of commerce in bringing about the demise of slavery in East Africa [Manuscripts reference: Acc. You will find details of most of the printed material by using Library Search.
Select the 'Advanced Search' option, and select 'Subject' instead of the default 'Any field' to carry out a subject search. Useful subject search terms include 'slavery', 'slave trade', 'slaves', 'plantations' and 'abolitionists'. You can also use 'enslaved people' in a subject search, although there are limited for that phrase. Not all of the material is indexed by subject, so keyword searches using words such as 'slavery', 'Scotland', 'emancipation' or 'abolition' will be more useful.
To consult detailed lists of printed material on the Scots role in the slave trade and the emancipation movement, contact rarebooks nls. Very few manuscript holdings are listed in our manuscripts cataloguealthough we have information about some material in the online guide to manuscript collections. The manuscript collections catalogues and finding aids are available in the reception area of the Special Collections Reading Room. There are detailed lists of collections that have Do scottish men like black women been fully catalogued.
You can consult an alphabetical index to these collections. Most of the entries in the catalogues and indexes relating to slavery appear under the terms 'slavery' and 'slave trade'. To consult thematic lists of manuscript sources concerning slavery and the West Indies, contact manuscripts nls. Guides to manuscript sources are useful reference works to trace additional sources. You can consult the following two guides in the Special Collections Reading Room. For more information about printed material about Scotland and slavery, rarebooks nls.
For more information about manuscriptsmanuscripts nls.
Search our websites. Library Search. Search Query. Home Collections Topics Slavery. Scotland and the slave trade. Resources at the National Library of Scotland Sugar plantation sale poster. Trout Hall estate list of enslaved people.
Advert for sale of an enslaved boy. Title from Thomas Smith's book. Abolitionists' motif. Eliza Wigham.
Frederick Douglass. Ballad — 'Send back that money'. Sir John Kirk.Do scottish men like black women
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