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Butterworth, William (1769–1834), slave-ship sailor and engraver, was born on 2 October 1769 at 55 Kirkgate, Leeds, Yorkshire, the second of five children of the Leeds engraver and copperplate printer John Butterworth, who had set up in business in Leeds in 1758. William...

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William Butterworth (1769–1834) self-portrait, pubd 1823 © reserved

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Crow, Hugh (1765–1829), privateer and slave trader, was born in Ramsey, Isle of Man, the son of Edmund Crow (1730–1809), a tradesman, and his wife, Judith (1737–1807). He lost his right eye in infancy, but despite this was apprenticed to a boat builder in ...

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Dalzel [formerly Dalziel], Archibald (1740–1818), historian and slave trader, was born in Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, on 23 October 1740, the eldest of the five children of William Dalziel (d. 1751) and his wife, Alice Linn. After being educated as a medical doctor in ...

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Davenport, William (1725–1797), merchant and slave-trader, was born in Red Lion Square, London, in October 1725, the fourth of the eleven children of Davies Davenport (1696–1740), a gentleman, of Woodford and Marton, near Nantwich, Cheshire, and his wife, Penelope (c.1700–1737), the daughter and heir of ...

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Harris, Richard (d. 1734), slave trader and lobbyist, is of obscure ancestry. He was in St Kitts in the West Indies in 1694, where he observed that French privateers, by intercepting provisions from British North America, caused Barbados planters 'to suffer much & their Negroes perish for want' (...

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Irving, James (1759–1791), naval surgeon and slave trader, was born at Langholm, Dumfriesshire, on 15 December 1759, the third and only surviving child of John Irving (1731?–1807), blacksmith and innkeeper, and his wife, Isobel, née Little (1725?–1791). As a surgeon and captain in the ...

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John Newton (1725–1807) by Joseph Collyer the younger, 1807 (after John Russell, 1788) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Newton, John (1725–1807), slave trader and Church of England clergyman, was born on 24 July 1725 in Wapping, London, the only child of John Newton (d. 1750), master mariner in the Mediterranean trade, and his first wife, Elizabeth (1705?–1732), whose maiden name was probably ...

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Taylor, Simon (1739–1813), slave owner and politician, was born on 23 December 1739 in Kingston, Jamaica, the eldest of the five children of Patrick Taylor, formerly Tailzour, and his wife, Martha, née Taylor. He was baptized in Kingston on 22 January 1740. His father was from a modest background and had emigrated from ...