Historians Uncover Jamaican Slavery Roots of Northeast Education Fund

The Dick Bequest is a charity which distributes grants to help teachers in Aberdeenshire and Moray develop their skills and also provides for the purchase of school equipment.  It was established in 1832 in memory of James Dick who died in 1828 and left a significant percentage of his finances to fund parish schoolmasters in the Northeast of Scotland.  James Dick was born in Forres in 1743 and the research carried out by David Alston and Donald Morrison shows that Dick was involved in the slave trade in Jamaica for 20 years and built his fortune from the resulting profits.  In December 2019 the fund was valued at £1.7M.  Alston and Morrison believe that the money be returned to Jamaica to benefit schools and education there.  We would wholeheartedly agree.  You can read more...

Jamaican Newspaper Highlights Scottish Roots of Jamaica Chamber of Commerce

The following article, in The Gleaner, one of Jamaica’s national newspapers, highlights the Scottish roots of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.  It features Robert Milligan and James Dick both of whom were Scots involved in the slave trade.  Milligan was a founder of the then Kingston Chamber of Commerce and Dick was also a member...

National Trust Property Recognises Links To Jamaica

The National Trust for Scotland are running a project, called Facing Our Past, acknowledging their properties which have links to Scotland’s role in the slave trade.  Malleny Garden, in Balerno, is one such property which has links to Jamaica.  ...

Patrick Colquhoun, Father of Glasgow

Patrick Colquhoun is often referred to as the Father of Glasgow and was a former Lord Provost of the city.  This article from Glasgow Museums shows that he was also heavily involved in slavery.  He had a close relationship with Henry Dundas who features on the Melville Monument in Edinburgh.  Colquhoun also had interests in Jamaica which this article refers to as well being the agent for a number of slave owners in other islands in the Caribbean –  Patrick Colquhoun, Father of...

New Flag Up Project Leader

We are delighted to announce that Graham Campbell has agreed to be the new Project Leader for Flag Up Scotland Jamaica. David Pott, the founder of Flag Up Scotland Jamaica writes: Some of you will know that my wife and I moved to County Durham in January and, in order to make room for new things here, it was necessary for me to lay down the project leadership.  It is also impractical to lead the project from England! Graham is a Jamaican who has lived in Scotland for 14 years and he has been very active in Flag Up since we started in August 2014.  He is an excellent team player with great networking skills.  He knows so many people in both Scotland and Jamaica who will be part of moving the vision of Flag Up Scotland Jamaica forward.  Of course it is also ideal that he is a member of the Jamaican Clan Campbell!  I think one of his priorities should be to organise the first ever worldwide Campbell Clan Gathering in Jamaica! I will continue involvement with Flag Up in an advisory capacity and obviously the project remains close to my heart.  I encourage you to give Graham your full support.  As the project begins a new chapter, we do need funds to help Graham get underway and if you would like to give a donation, please send to   Santander Bank PLC, Flag Up Scotland Jamaica Sort Code 09-01-28 Account Number 44648962   We hope later to set up charitable status so that donations can be gift aided. Thank-you so much for your support of me during...