Indian Pete Williamson: Inmate of Old Calton Cemetery

Start : 
10 Oct 2011 - 19:30
End : 
10 Oct 2011 - 20:30
Type: 
Talk
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Drummond Community High School

This talk is hosted by Broughton History Society.

"Peter Williamson (1730–1799), nicknamed "Indian Peter", was a colourful character born near Aberdeen. He was sold into slavery when a teenager, and is one of the few well-documented examples of the early white slave trade. Around 10% of slaves were white, although they and their descendants normally found it easier to escape the circle of slavehood in later generations. Peter escaped, and lived with Native Americans ("Indians") for some years (hence his nickname). He returned to Scotland and successfully sued Aberdeen Town Council for its part in his enslavement."

Source: Wikipedia (April 2011)