Glasgow and Slavery

Glasgow, the West of Scotland and the Caribbean

4. The 'Merchant' City

Glasgow celebrates itself as a trading city with a 'Merchant City' at its heart. Beyond the well known tobacco lords and Victorian architecture, what does this mean. Much of the earlier infrastructure and merchant villas disappeared with later commercial redevelopment, breaking contact with the original Merchant City.

Glasgow is celebrated for its leading merchants. Did they become rich through luck, or by the labour of others? The wealth of very rich men invariably comes from the labour of large numbers of poorer folk, sometimes even as slaves, who laboured far away out of sight. Has the lack of information about slavery in Glasgow left a big gap in the city's history, literature and culture?