The latest arrival on Fairlynch Museum's new noticeboard is a poster advertising the free workshop on Saturday 14 November at the Exeter Community Centre on ‘Legacies of British slave-ownership.’ It's organised by the History Department at University College London. Details can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/
Devon historian Dr Todd Gray devoted a whole book to the subject in his 2007 publication Devon and the Slave Trade and there are interesting contributions to be read online such as Community Researcher Di Cooper’s study of Exeter’s involvement at http://www.tellingourstoriesexeter.org.uk/uploads/Documents/Stories%20to%20Publish/Exeter%20Aboltionists.pdf
The subject has previously been dealt with by local researcher Roger Lendon in some articles published on Ovapedia: the Walcott family with connections to 19th century Barbados and William Wylly (1757-1828) who owned plantations in the Bahamas are two former residents of the Budleigh area whose names are prominent in recent writings about slavery.
Some time ago former Fairlynch Museum volunteer Sheila Jelley pointed out that the town’s most famous scientist – Budleigh-born Henry Carter (1813-95) - may have owed his education to wealth derived from a Jamaican plantation.
I’ve yet to identify the exact location.
Dugald’s will, made on 21 November 1813 while he was living at Thomas’s Hotel in Berkeley Square, and proved on 7 January 1818, had left his estate in trust to his brothers John and Duncan, Robert Scarlett and a London mortgagee James Boyick. Interestingly, among others mentioned in the will were two ‘negroes’, James and William, who were to be manumitted (released from slavery) and were to receive £10 per annum.
Below are photos of the Great House at Salt Spring
© 2013. Jamaican Family Search
When researching material for my booklet The Scientist in The Cottage I’d been frustrated by the lack of information about the schooling which young Henry Carter had received. He had studied medicine at Exeter, in Paris, and later at University College Hospital in London before setting off abroad. Yet I’d been unable to discover how his education had been funded.
The answer lies probably in John Campbell’s Will, dated 4 August 1841. At the time of Campbell’s death on 9 March in that year the 28-year-old Carter had just been appointed Surgeon in the Army of the East India Company. He would remain in the sub-continent for the next 21 years.
It’s clear that the future Fellow of the Royal Society and internationally celebrated expert on marine sponges was one of the beneficiaries of Campbell’s will, which states that the sum of three hundred pounds was given to “my young friend and protégé Henry John Carter.”
Another young beneficiary of John Campbell’s will was a William Holland Johnson described as “now at sea on a voyage to the East Indies” and who would by the terms of the will receive £1,200 “if and when he shall attain the age of twenty one years.”
Continued at http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/from-slavery-to-sponges-imagining_29.html