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The Scot Who Owned More Than 2,000 Slaves in Jamaica

Posted by Jean-Yves on Dec 4, 2018

Malcolm 12th of Poltalloch, whose family lands stretched through the Kilmartin area of Argyll, made vast riches in both Scotland, Australia and the Caribbean where he owned some 10 large-scale sugar plantations.

Research by British Slave Legacies at University College of London found that, following abolition, the laird filed 11 separate compensation claims with the government to seize back the value of his ‘property’. He was then paid just under £40,000 for his loss of 2,181 slaves – or around £4.8m at today’s values.

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