Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic world, 1750–1820

By Douglas Hamilton

Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic world, 1750–1820

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9633-2
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2013
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Humanities / British & Irish history, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Colonialism & imperialism, European history, United Kingdom, Great Britain, History
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


This is the first book wholly devoted to assessing the array of links between Scotland and the Caribbean in the later eighteenth century. It uses a wide range of archival sources to paint a detailed picture of the lives of thousands of Scots who sought fortunes and opportunities, as Burns wrote, 'across th' Atlantic roar'. It outlines the range of their occupations as planters, merchants, slave owners, doctors, overseers, and politicians, and shows how Caribbean connections affected Scottish society during the period of 'improvement'. The book highlights the Scots' reinvention of the system of clanship to structure their social relations in the empire and finds that involvement in the Caribbean also bound Scots and English together in a shared Atlantic imperial enterprise and played a key role in the emergence of the British nation and the Atlantic World.


There is no comparable study and this book would find a welcome place on the reading lists of graduate students and historians of the Atlantic world.'


List of abbreviations
1. Scotland in the eighteenth century
2. The eighteenth-century West Indies
3. Scots on the plantations
4. Mercantile connections
5. Scots doctors in the West Indies
6. Scots in West Indian politics
7. Scots, the Caribbean and British politics
8. Repatriation from the West Indies


Douglas Hamilton is a Lecturer in History at the University of Hull

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