Plantation Slavery and Landownership in the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Project: Research

Project Details


This project examines the scale and range of the ownership and control of land in the north west of Scotland by beneficiaries of plantation slavery.

Key findings

Two thirds of the study area has been owned by beneficiaries of slavery derived wealth.
The peak period of purchase took place in the same decade as the compensation payout to the owners of enslaved people when slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833.
Slavery beneficiaries removed many thousands of people from their lands during the Highland Clearances'.
Effective start/end date1/01/191/12/20


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