Legacies of British Slave Ownership Project

The Guardian today (Wednesday 28 August 2013) features an article on the Legacies of British Slave Ownership Project today. An online database created by researchers at UCL tracing the impact of slave ownership on Britain.

It traces the British slave owners who were compensated following the abolition of slavery and inevitably a number can be traced through Glasgow and Scotland. In recent years, some innovative research has been taking place in Glasgow University and elsewhere on the Glasgow and Scottish links to slavery and slave-ownership. In the meantime, the Legacies of British Slave Ownership website is a good tool to search for Glasgow links.

A quick search for Glasgow in the database brings up hundreds of entries. The first is for a John Adam, a merchant claiming compensation for holdings in St Vincent, whose addresses in Glasgow included Queens Terrace and Virginia Street. He was claiming for £231 17s 2d.

According to the newspaper, the database can be used as a family history tool – to search whether your ancestors were involved in and benefitted from the slavery business. Will be interesting to see what further links and information it brings up as the project continues.

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