Scotland and Slavery

I had hoped to complete this work on the Master of Fine Art & Humanities course but that wasn’t possible. I am now working on it in my spare time and I also hope to be able to exhibit the work when I have completed it.

My main focus is on a few individuals I have come across buried in historical records that were brought to Scotland as Slaves, or for some other reason connected to Slavery. These are people who have become invisible, their existence in our past has been forgotten yet we are reminded of the lives of those who gained most from the Slave trade through the architecture they left behind and the art they commissioned, some have streets named after them, even in death some are interred in impressive mausoleums, created to remind us of their lives, position and wealth.

This project is not about laying blame or guilt over the Slave trade. I don’t feel I need to, however, I do feel it is important that Scotland’s role in the trade, and later its abolition, is out in the open and recognised. Slavery still exists today, even in Scotland, and unless we learn from the past we can’t protect the future.

The links below lead to the stories of some of the invisible people and other pages related to Slavery in Scotland.


A Slave living in Scotland circa 1750

Anne Stewart

Daughter of John Stewart of Garth

It wasn't us

How some Scots are in denial about our part in the Slave trade

Jacob Campbell

A servant to Peter Campbell of Kilmory 1766 -1881

James IV

Slaves at the Scottish Royal Court of James IV 1473 – 1513
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