National Trust reveals slave trade links to battlefield

National Trust reveals slave trade links to battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated

  • Culloden site was added as Charles Edward Stuart sailed on a French slave ship
  • Battlefield is the first in Britain to be linked to slave trade by official organisation
  • National Trust for Scotland report linked a third of NTS sites to the slave trade
  • The battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated and the Jacobite rebellion crushed in 1746 is connected to the slave trade, heritage experts have declared.

    The Culloden site – where ‘Young Pretender’ Charles Edward Stuart’s revolt was suppressed by the Duke of Cumberland – was added to the list as Charles sailed from Nantes on a French slave ship owned by plantation owner Antoine Walsh.

    The battlefield, near Inverness, is the first in Britain to be linked to the slave trade by an official organisation.

    A National Trust for Scotland report said that in the aftermath of the battle descendants of defeated Scots and prisoners of war were transported to British colonies where they later owned slaves, worked ‘enslaved crews’ and managed plantations.

    The battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated and the Jacobite rebellion crushed in 1746 is connected to the slave trade, heritage experts have declared

    The battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated and the Jacobite rebellion crushed in 1746 is connected to the slave trade, heritage experts have declared

    The Culloden site – where ‘Young Pretender’ Charles Edward Stuart’s revolt was suppressed by the Duke of Cumberland – was added to the list as Charles sailed from Nantes on a French slave ship owned by plantation owner Antoine Walsh

    The Culloden site – where ‘Young Pretender’ Charles Edward Stuart’s revolt was suppressed by the Duke of Cumberland – was added to the list as Charles sailed from Nantes on a French slave ship owned by plantation owner Antoine Walsh

    Ha aggiunto che la perdita di queste fattorie più piccole avrebbe "strappato il cuore dalla campagna britannica"., which follows Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, linked more than a third of NTS sites directly or indirectly to the slave trade or its abolition.

    Other locations, such as the birthplace of Peter Pan author JM Barrie, have a link more broadly to a slavery-driven economy.

    His family’s weaver’s cottage in Kirriemuir has been added because the industry produced clothing for slaves.

    Scottish historian Sir Tom Devine told The Daily Telegraph that ‘every nook and cranny’ of Scottish life had been affected by the slave trade at some point and so ‘by the farcical logic of the NTS, every person of note in that period, whether slavers or not, are fair game’.