Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

20/3/2007

Glasgow’s dark secret

IT IS a typical family portrait. Hastily arranged, a little stiff. The children are plump and happy; a basket of apples and grapes rest at their feet. Everything is in order for this sunny Scottish family – the Glassfords, one of Glasgow’s wealthiest in the 18th century.

Except there is something missing. In the corner is a blank space, the vague outline of a figure. Its absence fills the canvas. The figure belonged to a slave, since painted out. for more click here

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