St John’s Scottish Episcopal Church Edinburgh Princes St, Scotland’s Slavery Legacy

by Rev Yousouf Gooljary

St John’s Scottish Episcopal Church Edinburgh Princes St, is the latest to be connected to its association with the Legacy of Slavery Money.

a large church in Princes Street Edinburgh
St John’s Scottish Episcopal church, Edinburgh © Copyright Richard Rogerson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Two Naval captains Alexander Tod and Thomas Robertson and one Lt Colonel in the Army, Alexander Dyce all serving with the infamous ‘British East India Company’(EIC) in the 18/19th centuries earned their wealth in part from the company’s slave ownership, production of goods using slavery labour in their forts and settlements around the Indian Ocean/trading. The wealth gained from EIC profits contributed to the building of St John’s Church in 1818 relying on the research of Professor Sir Geoff Palmer who recently made colonial connections between British politics (eg, Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville) and the EIC, and Dr Richard Allen’s Book (2014) which details the trade in slaves by Europeans, in particular the British East India Company over 3 centuries . I had the opportunity to bring these issue to John’s last year at the church, and asked them to implement the CARE , but they have not done so.

  • Commemorate (the suffering caused in the church calendar)
  • Acknowledge in its website publicity, installation in church
  • Research ( the people and connections educating the public at large )
  • Envision (anew through training ).

This is an excellent article , written in 2018 for wider distribution to members at the talk, vestry and wider church , an excellent case study of the facts relating to East India Company, for one settlement in Sumatra.

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