The History of Leith

April 27, 2008

Slavery in Scotland

In Scotland, negro slaves continued to be sold as chattels, until late in the last century (on the 2nd May, 1722, an advertisement appeared in the “Edinburgh Evening Courant”, announcing that a stolen negro had been found, who would be sold to pay expenses, unless claimed within two weeks). It was not until 1756, that the lawfulness of negro slavery was questioned. In that year, however, a negro who had been brought to Scotland claimed his liberty of his master, Robert Sheddan, who had put him on board ship to return to Virginia. But before his claim could be decided, the poor negro died. for more click here

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