Scotland ‘whitewashed’ its share within the slave commerce out of the check of historical past, says prime historian

  • Professor Neil McLennan says the trials ignore Scotland’s position within the slave commerce
  • He requested the SNP to incorporate Glasgow on an inventory of UK cities that used slave imports.
  • The Scottish {Qualifications} Authority (SQA) refused to incorporate it within the examination
  • Glasgow imported rum, sugar and tobacco in massive portions within the 18th century

A outstanding historian has claimed that Scotland left its necessary position within the slave commerce out of the college curriculum with a view to ‘whitewash’ its historical past and ‘discredit’ England.

Professor Neil McLennan, a senior lecturer on the College of Aberdeen, stated he repeatedly requested SNPs to incorporate Glasgow within the checklist of UK cities ‘related to slavery advantages’.

College students sitting within the Nationwide 5 Historical past – the Scottish equal of the GCSE – are taught solely about Bristol and Liverpool within the module The Atlantic Slave Commerce, 1770-1807.

Glasgow is doing this regardless of importing enormous quantities of rum, sugar and tobacco from the American colonies.

In keeping with The Telegraph, the Scottish {Qualifications} Authority (SQA), which is partly funded by the SNP, declined to incorporate Glasgow.

McLennan, who started his profession as a historical past instructor, stated: ‘It’s a part of our reconciliation with a bloody historical past for which England, Scotland and different European international locations, we’re all accountable.

Professor Neil McLennan (pictured), a senior lecturer on the College of Aberdeen, repeatedly requested the SNP to incorporate Glasgow on the checklist of UK cities ‘linked to slavery advantages’, however was refused

‘Until we settle for this in our schooling system, we’ll by no means purify the demons of the previous.

‘It is a good instance of discrediting English historical past with out presenting the totality of it, it’s a matter of real concern.’

Certainly historic proof means that Glasgow – together with Greenock and Port Glasgow – was importing extra tobacco from slaves into the Americas than all English ports mixed by 1782.

Many Scots owned, managed and provided the plantations, whereas the town of Glasgow prospered with items being imported.

The town was additionally bringing massive portions of rum and sugar to its port.

Students in Scotland are taught about the role of Liverpool and Bristol in the slave trade, despite the fact that Glasgow was importing tobacco, rum and sugar in large quantities.  Pictured: Glasgow Marina

College students in Scotland are taught in regards to the position of Liverpool and Bristol within the slave commerce, although Glasgow was importing tobacco, rum and sugar in massive portions. Pictured: Glasgow Marina

Additionally 62 streets in Glasgow are named after slave homeowners who made their fortunes on plantations that provided tobacco.

The SQA’s course description of the Atlantic Slave Commerce module states that college students needs to be taught ‘the group and nature of the slave commerce: its impression on British ports, equivalent to Liverpool, Bristol’.

One other historian, Sir Tom Devine, stated that Scotland developed a way of ‘ethical superiority’ over England as a result of Scotland ‘got here too late’ to grasp its connection to the slave commerce.

Scottish Tory schooling spokesman Oliver Mundell stated it was a part of an ‘insidious try by the SNP to rewrite elements of our historical past in a deceptively partisan style’.

He stated college students wanted to be taught an correct account of historic occasions – together with the unhappy actuality of Scotland’s implications for the slave commerce.

McLennan had beforehand referred to as out SQA for its ‘apparent incapability to reform’ and supported its abolition.

The professor, who has labored with Studying and Educating Scotland, needs to interrupt SQA’s monopoly on exams in order that college students have the chance to amass different {qualifications}, such because the A Degree and Worldwide Baccalaureate.

A spokesperson for SQA stated: ‘We absolutely acknowledge the significance of learners understanding Scotland’s position within the Atlantic slave commerce and academics are at all times free to include this materials into their classes.

‘We’ll work with historical past academics to overview our curriculum steerage to see if any additional modifications are wanted.’



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