Category Archives: Slavery

Fen Court, City of London, London, England

Memorial commemorating the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in 1807 at Fen Court, City of London

Location

Fen Court, City of London, London, England

Details

Description: A series of granite columns resembling stalks of sugar cane surrounding a podium. The memorial is engraved with extracts of Lemn Sissay's poem 'Gilt of Cain'.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Granite
Artists: Michael Visocchi, Lemn Sissay

Extra

Notes: Project initiated by Black British Heritage and the Parish of St Mary Woolnoth and was commissioned by the City of London Corporation in partnership with the British Land Company

St Mary's Church, Wolborough, Devon, England

Plaque in Wolborough, Devon dedicated to Admiral William Cornish-Bowden d. 1896

Location

St Mary's Church, Wolborough, Devon, England

Transcript

'In Loving memory of / William Cornish-Bowden / Admiral. / Kt. Legion of Honour. / Who served his Queen and Country / from 1840 to 1865. / He took part in the Syrian Campaign / and the taking of St Jean D'Acre in 1840. / Was in Chinese war and taking of Canton, 1842-3 in H.M.S. Cornwallis / and distinguished himself at the / Bombardment of Sevastopol in / H.M.S. Arethusa in 1854, also greatly / assisted suppression of the Slave Trade on the West Coast of / Africa and at Zanzibar. /Born 16th April 1826. / Fell asleep 18th April 1896.'

Details

Description: Inscription in an elaborate border with the Naval Crown engraved in the top left hand corner and a foul anchor top right.


Type: Plaque
Position: North wall
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Cornwallis; HMS Arethusa

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Asia

People

Cornish-Bowden, William
Age:
Date of Death: 18/4/1896
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

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St Thomas's Church, Park Lane, Liverpool, England

Memorial at St Thomas’s Church, Liverpool commemorating Captain Nicholas Boulton d. 1792

Location

St Thomas's Church, Park Lane, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Captain Nicholas Boulton died 4th December 1792 aged 70'

Details

People

Boulton, Nicholas
Age: 70
Date of Death: 4/12/1792
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office. Compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol. 3, p. 676. Church closed in 1905. An officer of this name commanded the slave ship 'John' during 1760, 1761 and 1764.
Recorder: Captain J P Brand, Friends of the Merseyside Maritime Museum

St Maughold's Church, Kirk Maughold, Isle of Man

Tomb at Kirk Maughold, Isle of Man commemorating Hugh Crow d. 1829 and William Crow d. 1799, masters of slave ships

Location

St Maughold's Church, Kirk Maughold, Isle of Man

Transcript

[Top] 'Sacred / to the memory of / CAPTAIN HUGH CROW / late of Liverpool / proprietor of / East Ballersa now Crow Villa / in this parish / born in the town of Ramsey in the year 1765 / died 13th May 1829 / aged 61 years / also of WILLIAM HINDS / of Crow Villa nephew of the late Captain Crow / died the 8th July 1848 aged 50 years / Captain CROW commanded the ships WILL, CERES, MARY and KITTY'S AMELIA / with much credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his... / he also fought several actions with the enemy / for which he received repeated marks of / approbation of the merchants and underwriters / of London and Liverpool / "An honest man's the noblest work of God'/ [South side] 'Sacred / to the memory of / EDMUND CROW late / of the town of Ramsey / who was born 12 Novr / 1730 and departed this / life 25 Feby 1809 aged / 79 years / also in memory of / JUDITH CROW alias / TEARE his wife who was / born 4th August 1737 / and died 30th Decr 1807 / aged 70 years / deposited in this / also are the remains / of CORNELIUS HINDS / late of the town of Ramsey / died the 5th Sept 1802 / aged 84 years / MARGARET his wife / died the 27th Sept 1804 / aged... years' [North Side] 'Being the father and/mother of Captain HUGH CROW and CAPT WILLIAM CROW / the latter of whom died / at Bonney on the coast / of Africa in the year / 1799 / also father and mother of MR JOHN CROW / Master carpenter / who was drowned at Kingston Jamaica / in the year 1802 / also of JOHN CROW / Snr who lies interred in this / church yard'

Details

Description: Tomb carved in the Adam style with pilasters at the ends and fan decoration in the corners of the panels.
Type: Tomb
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Slate

People

Crow, Hugh
Age: 61
Date of Death: 13/5/1829
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Crow, William
Age:
Date of Death: 1799
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Crow, John
Age:
Date of Death: 1802
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Carpenter
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Inscriptions recorded by the Isle of Man Family History Society. Crow left £50 in his will for burial expenses and the erection of a tomb. William Crow, mariner of Liverpool, Hugh's brother drowned 3 February 1800 at Bonny in present day Nigeria (will).
Bibliography: R. Watkin 'Captain Hugh Crow: a Liverpool Guineaman', 'Mariners Mirror' vol 63 (1977) pp. 177-85; Hugh Crow 'Memoir of the late Captain Hugh Crow of Liverpool' (London, 1830).

St Margaret's Westminster, London, England

Memorial in St Margaret’s Westminster, London commemorating Olaudah Equinao, Able Seaman RN, d. 1797

Location

St Margaret's Westminster, London, England

Transcript

'THE AFRICAN / OLAUDAH EQUIANO / BAPTISED GUSTAVUS VASSA / In this church 9 February 1759 / Author and Abolitionist'

Details

Description: Oval stone plaque
Type: Plaque
Position: South side of Nave
Materials: Stone
Artists: Margaret Bennett-Male

Event

1756-1763 Seven Years War

People

Equiano, Olaudah
Age: 52
Date of Death: 31/3/1797
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Able seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Purchased as a black servant by Commander Henry Pascal RN (under whom he served in the navy), Equino later published his autobiography and became an influential voice in the campaign to abolish slavery.

Bristol Cathedral, Bristol, England

Wall tablet in Bristol Cathedral, dedicated to Captain John Sanderson RN d. 1859.

Location

Bristol Cathedral, Bristol, England

Transcript

'TO THE MEMORY OF / MY BELOVED HUSBAND / JOHN SANDERSON, / A CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY, / WHO DIED WHILE ON ACTIVE / SERVICE IN COMMAND OF / HER MAJESTY'S SHIP 'ARCHER' / OFF THE CONGO RIVER, SOUTH / AFRICA, JUNE 27TH 1859 AND / WAS BURIED AT LOANGO' [On ribbon at the top] 'DEPRESSA RESURGO', 'COELUM PATRIA CHRISTUS VIA'[Below] 'BLESSED ARE THE / PURE IN HEART FOR / THEY SHALL SEE GOD. / WHAT I DO THOU KNOW / EST NOT NOW, BUT / THOU SHALT KNOW / HEREAFTER'

Details

Description: Engraved with crests, a flag and an anchor.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: North transept
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Archer

People

Sanderson, John
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 27/6/1859
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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St James's Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Memorial in St James’s Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating Captain Roger Lee d. 1803

Location

St James's Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Capt Roger Lee died at sea in 1803 and buried on the coast of Africa'

Details

People

Lee, Roger
Age:
Date of Death: 1803
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office. Compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol.7, p.679. An officer of this name commanded the slave ships 'Amacree' during 1789-1792 and 'Bolton' 1794-1795.

St Mary's Church, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Wall tablet at St Mary’s Church, Nottingham commemorating Lieutenant James Still RN d. 1821

Location

St Mary's Church, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the Memory / of / LIEUTENANT JAMES STILL, RN / who / in the 22nd year of his age, / fell a victim to the ravages of the yellow Fever, / on board His Majesty`s Ship, THE PHEASANT, / while stationed off SIERRA LEONE, / on the 12th of October 1821. / For four successive years / he had been employed in the fatal service / of enforcing obedience / to that sacred Law, which, to the honour of his Country / and in the spirit of Christian Love / forbade/ the Traffick in Human Blood. / That he possessed the best feelings of the heart / was manifested in his unwearied watchfulness over those / whose aid he was in sickness, / and who / withering like the blighted shoots of Spring, / left their blessings upon him. / That he was endued with the spirit of Enterprise / was proved by the testimony of those / who had witnessed his skill, and admired his gallantry: / That he was characterized by suavity of temper and prepossessing manners / was apparent from that regard, excited in every breast, / which held him forth as an Ornament of Social Life. / How beloved a Son! How endeared a Brother! How esteemed a Friend! / is evidenced / in the poignant grief of his sorrowing family / in the unfeigned regret / of many who cherish the remembrance of his worth, / and in the heartfelt Tribute / of Him / who dedicates this Tablet...'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Vessel: HMS 'Pheasant'

People

Still, James
Age: 22
Date of Death: 12/10/1821
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Memorial at Kensal Green Cemetery, London commemorating Rear Admiral Henry Dundas Trotter d. 1859

Location

Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / HENRY DUNDAS TROTTER / REAR ADMIRAL IN THE ROYAL NAVY / LATE COMMANDER IN CHIEF ON THE / CAPE OF GOOD HOPE STATION / WHO DIED 14th JULY 1859, AGED 56 IN 1841 HE COMMANDED THE NIGER EXHIBITION / UNDER TAKEN BY HM GOVERNMENT / WITH THE VIEW OF SUPPRESSING THE SLAVE TRADE / BY INTRODUCING LAWFUL COMMERCE AND THE BLESSINGS / OF THE GOSPEL INTO THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA / WHETHER IN ACTIVE SERVICE / OR UNEMPLOYED IN HIS / PROFESSION, HE DEVOTED HIS TALENTS AND ENERGY TO / PROMOTE THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE WELFARE OF MAN / ESPECIALLY IN THE CHRISTIAN CIVILISATION / OF AFRICA, AND THE MORAL AND RELIGIOUS / IMPROVEMENTS OF THE BRITISH SEAMEN / 'THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED'

Details

Description: Low monument with flat top
Type: Memorial
Position: 15364/87/RS
Materials: Red Peterhead granite

Extra

Notes: He served in the East and West Indies and commanded the 'Curlew' on the west African coast and captured pirates. Trotter was Commander in Chief of the Cape of Good Hope Station. In 1841 he commanded the Niger expedition to suppress the slave trade by introducing lawful commerce.
Bibliography: DNB
Recorder: Lucy Saint, Eleanor Baugh

Lancaster Priory, Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Memorial in Lancaster Priory commemorating Thomas Hinde d. 1898

Location

Lancaster Priory, Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the Memory of / THOMAS HINDE late of / Lancaster Esqr. Who departed this life February 14th [?] 1798, Aged 78 Years / of ANN, his Wife / who departed this life February 7th 1819, Aged 84 Years / of Ellen their Daughter / who departed this life March 22nd 1819, Aged 50 Years / And of their three Infant Sons / Joshua, Richard and Robert Hinde, / And of William Bryer Esqr. Brother of Ann Hinde, / who departed this life June 25th 1807, Aged 73 years / Also of ANN / Daughter of the above THOMAS and ANN HINDE, / who departed this life Jany 24th 1852, Aged 87 years.'

Details

Description: Marble on a black base. A sarcophagus in relief with anthemion acroteria, with feet sitting on a base with brackets.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South side of Nave
Materials: Marble

People

Hinde, Thomas
Age: 78
Date of Death: 14/2/1798
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain and owner of slave ships
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Melinda Elder 'The slave trade and the economic development of 18th century Lancaster'.