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Thomas Muir of Huntershill On Slavery: A Rediscovered Legal Thesis

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Learn about Thomas Muir's thesis and views on slavery in the 3rd Annual Thomas Muir Lecture. Led by Gerard Carruthers and Martyn Jones.

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In recent years there have come to light an increasing number of writings by Thomas Muir of Huntershill (1765-99), notoriously transported to Botany Bay for sedition in 1793. Among these is Muir’s legal thesis on the topic of slavery written for admittance to the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh in 1787 and which can be found in the holdings of the National Library of Scotland. This online talk asks how did Muir view the legality of slavery and how did his perspective on the topic relate to his political ideas, more generally?

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