Alan Short and I have just completed a video exploring the links in the North East of Scotland to Caribbean slavery. A lot of wealth was created in Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries as a result of the enslavement of the West African peoples transported to the Caribbean. Although some of the wealth is most visible in the grand estates and houses built and improved during this period many ordinary tradesmen in the region also benefited from the inhumane treatment of these people.
The film set in the area round Aberdeen looks particularly at one mansion – Cairness House near Fraserburgh and its connections to the sugar estate of Georgia in Jamaica. We had access to the University of Aberdeen’s Special Collections where Georgia Estate records and accounts of the period are kept. These give a chilling and callous account of life on the Georgia Estate. I hope the film is of some interest. It is on this page.