Peter Peckard studied at Oxford, then served in the army before becoming master of Magdalene College, then vice chancellor at Cambridge.
The Zong incident, when 133 slaves were thrown overboard by the ship’s captain to claim insurance shocked the nation and like many others, it seems to have stirred this liberal into becoming an active abolitionist. He frequently preached against the trade and his sermons wer published.
Probably his main contribution to the cause was when vice chancellor he set the essay question “Is it lawful to make slaves of others against their will? which was a major inspiration for the then student Thomas Clarkson to embark on his career as one of the most celebrated abolitionists. Peckard continued to agitate against the trade until the end of his life. He is buried in Peterborough.
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