Edinburgh Centre for Global History

Recovering Scotland’s Slavery Past: The Caribbean Connection

This is a project looking at connections between Scotland and Atlantic slavery including the modern remembrance of this critical aspect of Scotland’s history.

In 2008, following the bi-centenary of the Abolition of the British slave trade, Professor Tom Devine initiated this  research project. Issues considered include: the extent of Scottiish participation in the Atlantic slave trade; slavery in the sugar and tobacco colonies; profits and remittances; impact on domestic industry and landownership; the anti-slavery campaign and the pro-slavery response; slavery and popular historical amnesia; and the modern remembrance of this critical aspect of Scotland’s history.

The Centre has supported a series of conferences and workshops surrounding these issues and Nuala Zahedieh  organized a workshop on ‘Slavery and the Scottish Country House' held at the Centre on 14/15 July 2017.

Various publications have arisen including a volume edited by Tom Devine, 'Recovering Scotland’s Slavery Past. The Caribbean Connection' published by Edinburgh University Press in 2015.

Professor Sir Tom Devine's staff profile