Highlighting this lesser known story as part of Black History Month UK 2021 – for more please see The Adder’s Den Facebook page, the Empire & Slavery topic tag & the Scotland’s Role in the British Empire & the Slave Trade section of this site’s Resource pages.
Sadly not much is known about Eliza’s Mum – it’s thought that she was either a descendant of enslaved people in Guyana or possibly an enslaved woman herself – but it is known that her Dad had been a Scottish enslaver in Guyana, then when he returned to Scotland in 1816 her brought 14 year old Eliza & her brother William back to live in Scotland with him.
Read more about Eliza’s life in Scotland here: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-55001490
Information on a Scottish Gaelic film based on Eliza’s life: https://www.blas.scot/events/eliza
A Scottish Gaelic song, Òran Eliza, was also released: https://www.feisean.org/en/blog/2020/11/26/a-new-single-from-feisean-nan-gaidheal-raising-money-to-feed-children-in-guyana-to-be-released-friday-27-11-20/
Details of an informative lecture on Slavery in Suriname & Guyana, particularly the involvement of Highland Scots as slave owners: https://theaddersden.wordpress.com/2021/06/29/slavery-in-suriname-guyana/
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