In January 1687, the Scottish Court of Session refused to treat a little girl, a stage gymnast known only as "the tumbling lassie", as a possession, the case report declaring roundly:
“But we have no slaves in Scotland, and mothers cannot sell their bairns.”
330 years later, it is shocking but true that people still live as slaves, even in Scotland. This should not be so.
Following the success of our inaugural events in 2015, you are warmly invited to subscribe for tickets for the Tumbling Lassie Ball 2017. Come and help us commemorate and celebrate the tumbling lassie and her vindication under Scots law 330 years ago, while helping to raise funds to help modern victims of slavery and people trafficking.
The evening will begin with a champagne reception at 6.45pm for 7.15pm, kindly sponsored by the Faculty of Advocates, followed by a three-course meal and dancing to the Clappy Doo band, with carriages at midnight – dress: black tie/tartan and sparkle.
All net proceeds of the event (and donations given at the associated morning seminar) will be split equally between our two charities: TARA, which works to support victims of trafficking in Scotland, and the International Justice Mission, which works with local lawyers in the developing world to fight slavery there.
For further details, please visit www.tumblinglassie.com;
and for details about the case itself please visit: