28.10.2022 - 28.10.2022
The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, UK
Host & venue: Watt Institution
FREE but place must be booked.
Please call 01475 715624
Dubbed ‘Sugaropolis’ in the 19th century, Greenock was a global hub for sugar refinement, attracting capital and investments in a range of industries, and a diverse community. Beyond the material profits of the sugar industry itself, Greenock families such as the Shaw Stewarts, the Wallaces and the McLarens owned and ran sugar plantations in Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago, and twenty-one of the twenty-seven Scottish slave voyages sailed directly from Greenock and Port Glasgow. But what imprints did Greenock’s involvement in the slave trade leave in individual biographies and family patterns of movement, as well as on the town itself?