Edinburgh and the slave trade

Port of Leith 1843

Port of Leith 1843

Edinburgh’s links with the slave trade are perhaps not as well documented as those of some other British cities, but Our Town Stories shines a light on this oft-neglected aspect of the city’s past.

Discover the significance of Jock’s Lodge and find out which major historical figure was taught by a former slave at Edinburgh University.

There’s also a fascinating overview of Edinburgh’s anti-slavery movement. Read about the infamous case of Joseph Knight and learn which major Edinburgh landmark commemorates a man who did his best to delay the abolition of slavery.

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