“1745 – An Untold Story of Slavery”

**TW: sexual violence as one of the film’s themes**


This article about the Scottish short film “1745 – An Untold Story of Slavery” (available to watch on Vimeo) is well worth the read – it has plenty of sources such as disturbing real adverts placed for enslaved people in Scotland who had run away, which inspired the film*, and further reading recommendations at the end. This is a great resource for learning about Scotland’s role in the Empire in general too: http://empiremuseum.scot/jacobite-rebellion-of-1745-and-slavery/

Please watch (it’s free) and share the 18 min film developed by Morayo and Moyo Akandé, sisters from Glasgow, on: https://vimeo.com/267991581 – let’s get this Scottish film out there & these stories told 🎥 See also: film website

*Example of adverts mentioned above:

“RUN away on the 7th Instant from Dr. Gustavus Brown’s Lodgings in Glasgow, a Negro Woman, named Ann, being about 18 Years of Age, with a green Gown and a Brass Collar about her Neck, on which are engraved these Words [“Gustavus Brown in Dalkeith his Negro.”] Whoever apprehends her, so as she may be recovered, shall have two Guineas Reward, and necessary Charges allowed by Laurence Dinwiddie Junior Merchant in Glasgow, or by James Mitchelson, Jeweller in Edinburgh.”

Printed in Edinburgh Evening Courant, (Edinburgh), 13 February 1727 & collected by the Runaway Slaves in Britain database – https://www.runaways.gla.ac.uk/database/table/


Lastly, I feel this quote from the article rings very true & is something we all need to address:
“Hamilton’s cries of freedom and invoking of slave imagery; ‘slavish reigns and chains’ is ironic in light of the fact that persons such as Ann, Cato, Caesar and countless others, captives of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, were at the time of Jacobite Rebellion denied their freedom in Scotland, England and the British Empire.
While the year 1745 and the Jacobite Rebellion would then go on to be memorialized in Scottish history, captured in the works of the Scottish Romantic poets and embedded in the national narrative, a narrative that situates Scots as the oppressed freedom-fighters, the story of these slaves were all but forgotten, a casualty of a national identity based on being the oppressed not the oppressor, the colonized not the colonizer, and the story of their involvement in slavery was suppressed and rather than collaborators in the enslavement of people, they fashioned themselves as great abolitionists an image that still persists today.”

💻 See the “Scotland’s Role in the British Empire & the Slave Trade” section of the Resource pages for more reading & resources here.

(📸 Featured Photo credit: Me, the Three Sisters, Glencoe)

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