Showing posts from December, 2016

From Slavery to Sponges Part III: Admiral George William Preedy CB

J.M.W. Turner was inspired to paint ‘The Slave Ship’ in 1840 after reading The History and Abolition of the Slave Trade by Thomas Clarkson. In 1781, the captain of the slave ship Zong had ordered 133 slaves to be thrown overboard so that insurance payments could be collected. This event probably inspired Turner to create his landscape and to choose to coincide its exhibition with a meeting of the British Anti-Slavery Society.
My blogging is less frequent nowadays, but every so often researching Budleigh’s local history sends me back to the keyboard to record yet another curious and sometimes important discovery.

The latest find relates to my earlier investigation into the early life of the 19th century scientist Henry Carter FRS, and specifically into the question of his education. Who paid for it? And why? And how come his benefactor, Budleigh resident John Campbell was such a wealthy man? The answer came from the discovery of the Campbell family’s plantations in the West Indies as I …

Fairlynch Museum's Object of the Month for November 2016: Notes on an instrument with a story

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