Sunday, May 14, 2023

Pembrokeshire and slavery - Saturday's talk

Saturday's meeting was very well attended - a fascinating talk by Paul Muller on the slave trade and how it affected the country in general and the Pembrokeshire people who were involved in it. Interestingly, In October 1830 an anti-slavery meeting was held here, in Pembroke Town Hall. A powerful speech was delivered by Sir James Mackintosh, a Scottish MP who campaigned against the use of slave labour in Britain’s colonies: (his second wife Catherine (nee Allen) hailed from Cresselly). Other speakers included Anglican clergymen, including Rev James Byers, vicar of Lamphey. There was unanimous support for the Earl Cawdor and Sir Hugh Owen MP to present anti-slavery petitions to the Houses of Parliament