Slave called Doll

Slave called Doll

A Scottish soldier's request to take his daughter's black slave called Doll with him to war has been highlighted by a Highland Council-run history website.

Lt Soirle MacDonald, from Skye, was a loyalist fighting for the British Army in the American War of Independence.

A letter granting him permission regarding the slave is among a collection of papers given prominence in the favourites section of Am Baile.

The website on Highlands culture is available in Gaelic and English.

The collection of correspondence sent to MacDonald forms part of the JLM Mitchell Archive of the Gaelic Society of Inverness.

The Bearer Lieut Soirle McDonald of the British Legion has permission to take with him a negro woman named Doll
Message from Brigade headquarters, New York

MacDonald moved to North Carolina from Skye in 1771 at a time of large-scale emigration from Scotland and the clearance of tenants from Highlands and Islands estates.

He settled with his family in Anson County, an area named in honour of British admiral Lord George Anson.

The Scot was not alone in leaving Scotland for the North American colony.

By 1773, about 4,000 Highland Scots arrived to settle along the Cape Fear River, bringing the total Scottish population in the colony to 20,000, according to the North Carolina Museum of History.

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