Tagged with Edward Colston

Edward Colston and Bristol

Edward Colston and Bristol

The story  of Bristol’s Edward Colston (1636-21) has been dividing the city for decades and has now reached new levels with the decision to remove his name which has existed for well over a century from the city’s main music venue. The Guardian paper notes the similarities between this dispute and that of Cecil Rhodes … Continue reading

Devon Shipwreck Preserved

Devon Shipwreck Preserved

This is from the i paper of 15 August: The remains of a wooden cargo ship wrecked off Devon while plying the trade route that kept Georgian dinner tables laden with port 250 years ago have been given protected status. The timbers of the vessel have been regularly exposed on the sands near Westward Ho! … Continue reading

Silas Told on Edward Colson

Edward Colston (here without the ‘t’) is one of the great figures in Bristol history, a hugely generous benefactor to the city, founding one of its earliest charity schools, and giving vast sums of money to the poor both of his home city and of London. He never married, spending his final years at Mortlake, … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?

Here’s two articles from the same page on my newspaper that have a linguistic and historical link. The first is  The Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Florida, which is named after a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and at present some half of the pupils are black. The school will be renamed … Continue reading

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Bristol England

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Bristol England

In the 1730s Moroccan and Algerian pirates were causing problems with raids on shipping – in 1734, 4 ships were taken which seem to have been hostaged by the government, though action against the pirates seems not to have been taken.  The British ships seem to have been small – probably less than 10 crew. … Continue reading

Non Slave Tales

Non Slave Tales

When I was researching for the 2007 celebrations of Britain’s abolition of the slave trade, this notion came very much to the forefront. I tracked down reliable written sources, I cited them, I kept impeccable records of what I was using. But I came up against people claiming to be the descendants of slaves who … Continue reading