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Ewing, James (1775–1853), West India merchant, slave owner, and civic leader, was born in Glasgow on 5 December 1775, the fifth child (and second son) of Walter Ewing (d. 1814) and his wife, Margaret, née Fisher (d. 1815). His father, who assumed the additional surname ...

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Kennedy [known as Douglas], Scipio [Sipio] (1693x7–1774), freed slave and weaver, was born in Guinea, on the west African coast, from where he was taken by slave ship to Jamaica about 1702. Details of his family are unknown. On his arrival in ...

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Knight, Joseph (b. c. 1753), slave and litigant, was born in west Africa, where he was captured and sold to a Captain Knight. Captain Knight, by whose surname he was subsequently known, sold him in Jamaica, aged about thirteen, to John Wedderburn, probably in 1766. ...

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McCalmont, Hugh senior (1765–1838), slave owner, was born on 31 December 1765, the son of Robert McCalmont (1730–1775) of Newtown, co. Antrim, Ireland, and his wife, Margaret (1731–1768), daughter of Hugh Mumford of Drumalis, co. Antrim. The McCalmonts were of Presbyterian Scottish origin, established in ...

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Rainy, George (1790–1863), merchant, slave owner, and landowner, was born in the parish of Creich, Sutherland, on 6 June 1790, the sixth of seven surviving children—three sons and four daughters—of the Revd George Rainy (1733/4–1810), minister of Creich, and his wife, Anne née...

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Selim Aga (c. 1826–1875), freed slave, autobiographer, and explorer, was born in the Muslim kingdom of Taquali, in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, about 1826. The son of a prosperous farmer, he was destined to inherit the family property, but about the age of nine or ten, while tending his father's sheep, he was captured by raiding Arab slavers. After much ill-treatment and being sold to various masters he was transported over ...