The Glasgow Sugar Aristocracy

Scotland and Caribbean Slavery, 1775–1838

by Stephen Mullen

This important book is the first to outline Scotland’s colonial past and Glasgow’s direct links with the slave trade through sugar plantations. It traces how significant fortunes and investments made through chattel slavery percolated into the Scottish economy and wider society, and examines, via case studies, the fortunes of temporary Scottish economic migrants who travelled to some of the wealthiest of the Caribbean islands.

Background image: The Port of Glasgow (drawn and engraved by W. H. Bartlett and J. W. Appleton). Published in William Finden, The Ports, Harbours, Watering-Places and Coast Scenery of Great Britain (London, 1836–42).