Angela McCarthy

Angela McCarthy is Professor of Scottish and Irish History at the University of Otago. The points above are from her forthcoming article in the journal Scottish Affairs.

Can Edinburgh really blame Henry Dundas for the evils of slavery?

In March 2021, in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matters protests, Edinburgh City Council approved plans to install a new plaque on the Melville monument to Henry Dundas in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. Part of the text referred to ‘the more than half-a-million Africans whose enslavement was a consequence of Henry Dundas’s actions.’ Now,