Seminar 3

Recovering Scotland’s Slavery Past

Glasgow: 3 October 2014

In association with the Mitchell Library

It is argued that Scotland until recent years has suffered from collective amnesia and scholarly neglect regarding the central role of Scots merchants, plantation owners, and professionals in the transatlantic slave economies and their legacy in heritage sites. Considering the sizeable black population now resident in the country should Scotland apologise for historical injustices? Is there a need for a slave trade memorial? How effective is education in reducing racism in diverse Scotland? Why has Scottish involvement in historic and contemporary slavery not been addressed? And would Holyrood be effective in combating trafficking today? This seminar seeks to further advance understanding on this controversial subject by setting the Scottish factor in a comparative context.

Taking African slaves on board a slave ship Date: circa 1830

Taking African slaves on board a slave ship, c. 1830. Courtesy of Mary Evans Picture Library, image 10011127.

Dates: 3 October 2014

Venue: Mitchell Library, Glasgow


  • David Alston
  • Tom Devine
  • Nick Draper
  • Nicholas Evans
  • Eric Graham
  • Catherine Hall
  • Michael Morris
  • Stephen Mullen
  • Stuart Nisbet
  • Suzanne Schwarz
  • Iain White

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slavery bookTo read extended papers from this event please see T.M. Devine (ed.), Recovering Scotland’s Slavery Past: The Caribbean Connection (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015).


Banner Image: Clandonald Settlers Leaving Scotland for Alberta, 1924, Glenbow Archives, NA-331-6.


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