Charles Heddle: An Afro-Scottish trader and the abolition of the slave trade in Sierra Leone

Tuesday 27 October 1.15 – 2pm Online talk

This talk will outline the significance of Black history to understanding Scotland today.

Charles Heddle was a ‘merchant prince’ of the 19th century. He accumulated great wealth and political influence in the British Colony of Sierra Leone, and died wealthy and comfortable in a luxurious chateau in the South of France. He was the son of two island folk: a Wolof signaré from the island of Gorée off the coast of Senegal, and an Orcadian doctor from the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland.As a mixed-race Afro-European, Heddle successfully navigated the waters between these two distant islands.

Booking is required for this online event. 

Richard Anderson (University of Aberdeen) and Christine Whyte (University of Glasgow).
This is an online event
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