I’ve been researching two stories for the course that will hopefully make it into prints for the degree show in September.
The first is about a male slave, Oronoce, who was arrested in Perthshire in 1749 for the heinous crime of wearing tartan, or tartan Livery to be precise. He was reported to belong to Mr Stewart of Appin and in all likelihood was wearing a servants uniform in perhaps a Stewart tartan although I’m unsure if such a thing existed then or if would have been a generic, available plaid. His ‘owner’ was Dougal Stewart, Clan Chief of Appin. He disappears from view at the point of his arrest although one mention of him claims he was jailed. I intend to do more work on Oronoce as I’d like to know what happened to him and where he ended his days. The punishment for wearing tartan was 6 months jail for the first offence and transportation to the colonies for 7 years for the second.
The second is about another branch of the Stewart’s, this time from Garth, Perthshire. John Stewart was a plantation owner and had land and slaves in Trinidad. He died in 1830, however, on his last visit to Scotland he brought with him a daughter from a relationship with a ‘free’ Black woman, Charlotte Tobin. This child, Anne, was christened Anne Stewart. John left her with his Sister’s family when he returned to Trinidad where she stayed until her death. She is buried in Moulin Kirkyard, Pitlochry with her aunt and her cousins. Her father died in Trinidad where the Garth name still exists..