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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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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 ...