Highland's 'forgotten' slave past

Highland's 'forgotten' slave past

A hospital and schools were partly funded with the proceeds from the slave trade during what a historian describes as the Highlands' "forgotten past".

Dr David Alston researched the region's links with slavery for a series of lectures in Inverness.

He found the city's old infirmary and academy, along with Fortrose Academy received money from the trade.

Dr Alston said during the 1700s and 1800s Highlanders sought their fortunes in the colonies.

The Highland councillor's investigations grew from researching the historic village of Cromarty on the Black Isle.

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Dr Alston was intrigued when he read how Hugh Miller, a geologist and fossil collector who was born and brought up in Cromarty in the 1800s, had sat next to a black pupil in school.

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