Scotland ‘whitewashed’ its part in slave trade out of history exams, says Professor Neil McLennan

Scotland has left its important position within the slave commerce out of the college curriculum to ‘whitewash’ its historical past and ‘vilify’ England, a number one historian has claimed. 

Professor Neil McLennan, a senior lecturer on the College of Aberdeen, mentioned he repeatedly requested the SNP for Glasgow to be included in an inventory of UK cities ‘related to slavery features’. 

College students sitting Nationwide 5 historical past – the Scottish equal of GCSEs – are solely taught about Bristol and Liverpool within the module The Atlantic Slave Commerce, 1770–1807.

That is regardless of Glasgow importing large quantities of rum, sugar and tobacco from the American colonies.  

The Scottish {Qualifications} Authority (SQA), which is partly funded by the SNP, refused to incorporate Glasgow, in accordance with The Telegraph. 

McLennan, who started his profession as a historical past instructor, mentioned:  ‘It’s a part of our reconciliation with a bloody historical past which England, Scotland and different European nations, we’re all responsible of.

Professor Neil McLennan (pictured), a senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, repeatedly asked the SNP to include Glasgow in a list of UK cities 'associated with slavery gains' but was refused

Professor Neil McLennan (pictured), a senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, repeatedly asked the SNP to include Glasgow in a list of UK cities 'associated with slavery gains' but was refused

Professor Neil McLennan (pictured), a senior lecturer on the College of Aberdeen, repeatedly requested the SNP to incorporate Glasgow in an inventory of UK cities ‘related to slavery features’ however was refused 

‘Except we acknowledge it in our schooling system we’ll by no means cleanse the demons of the previous.

‘That may be a good instance of the vilification of English historical past with out presenting the totality of it, that could be a actual concern.’

In truth historic proof exhibits that Glasgow – along with Greenock and Port Glasgow – was importing extra tobacco from slaves in America than all of the English ports mixed by 1782.

Many Scots owned, managed and equipped plantations, whereas Glasgow grew wealthy from the products being imported into the town. 

Town was additionally bringing in giant quantities of rum and sugar to its port. 

Students in Scotland are to be taught about Liverpool and Bristol's role in the slave trade, despite the fact that Glasgow was importing huge amounts of tobacco, rum and sugar. Pictured: Glasgow marina

Students in Scotland are to be taught about Liverpool and Bristol's role in the slave trade, despite the fact that Glasgow was importing huge amounts of tobacco, rum and sugar. Pictured: Glasgow marina

College students in Scotland are to be taught about Liverpool and Bristol’s position within the slave commerce, even supposing Glasgow was importing large quantities of tobacco, rum and sugar. Pictured: Glasgow marina

As well as there are 62 streets in Glasgow named after slave house owners who constructed their fortunes on plantations supplying tobacco.  

The SQA’s course description of The Atlantic Slave Commerce module says pupils ‘ought to be taught the organisation and nature of the slave commerce: its impact on British ports, eg Liverpool, Bristol’.   

One other historian, Sir Tom Devine, mentioned that Scotland has developed a way of ‘ethical superiority’ over England as a result of Scotland ‘got here very late’ to understanding its connection to the slave commerce. 

Oliver Mundell, the Scottish Tory spokesman for schooling, mentioned it was a part of an ‘insidious try to rewrite features of our historical past in a misleadingly partisan trend’ by the SNP.

He added that college students have to be taught an correct account of historic occasions – one which incorporates the unhappy actuality of Scotland’s implication within the slave commerce.

McLennan has beforehand referred to as out the SQA for its ‘obvious incapacity to reform’ and backs its abolition. 

The professor, who has labored with Studying and Educating Scotland, needs to interrupt the SQA’s monopoly over exams so pupils can have the chance to attain different {qualifications}, similar to A Ranges and the Worldwide Baccalaureate. 

A spokesman for the SQA mentioned: ‘We totally recognise the significance of learners understanding Scotland’s position within the Atlantic slave commerce and academics have all the time been free to incorporate this content material of their classes.

‘We’ll work with historical past academics to overview our curriculum steerage to see if any additional adjustments are wanted.’

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