The family of an 18th century MP, Henry Dundas, said he has been wrongly treated like a ‘mass murderer’ by Black Lives Matter activists.. Dundas, a conservative politician and lawyer, is commemorated at the Melville Monument in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh. The proposed text of the plaque would describe him as a "contentious figure" and explain the "voluntary" source of funding for the column. Henry Dundas 1742 1811 Henry Dundas, 1742 - 1811. The statue of Henry Dundas, which stands in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square, has been daubed with graffiti. Born in Borthwick, Midlothian, Scotland on 28 Apr 1742 to Robert, 3rd Lord of Arniston Dundas and Anne Gordon. She committed adultery (then known as "criminal conversation") with a Captain Everard Faukener in 1778, and abandoned Dundas and their four children, fleeing to an undisclosed location. The 150ft Melville Monument in St Andrew Square honours 18th Century politician Henry Dundas, who delayed the abolition of the slave trade. A new TV documentary will examine the debate around the legacy of 18th Century politician Henry Dundas after renewed calls for the Melville Monument to be removed. The “compensation” paid to former slave owners in 1833 under the Slavery Abolition Act allowed many to reinvent themselves as philanthropists to be immortalised in street names, especially in Glasgow. ; adv. He said that his ancestor was a "politician of vision and integrity" with "no personal involvement in the slave trade". “Dundas used his influence to protect the economic interests of the Tory elite of his day, which disregarded the human rights of millions. Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. 1763. m. (1) 16 Aug. 1765, Elizabeth (div. - 1863) family tree on Geni, with over 200 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. 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An explanation of the actions which were in violation of the rules above and resulted in the lock. #OTD 1811, Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville died. Research genealogy for Henry Dundas of Roscor, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, as well as other members of the Dundas family, on Ancestry®. Responding to a recent article in The Scotsman, Benjamin Carey, whose forebear Henry Dundas played a pivotal role in prolonging slavery, has demanded a narrative be written below his ancestor’s glorified statue in St Andrew Square to reveal the truth about the man’s controversial advocacy of slavery. The debate over the glorification of historical figures involved in Britain's slave trade and colonial era has reached Scotland, as some anti-racist campaigners have demanded the removal of the Henry Dundas statue in St Andrews square. Here is Benjamin Carey’s letter to The Scotsman in full: “As an Edinburgh resident and a direct descendant of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, I am astonished that in the midst of the current Black Lives Matter protests, the City of Edinburgh Council announced yesterday that it “will not be facilitating any further meetings” to “reword history on a statue memorialising [the] man who prolonged the slave trade” (6 June 2020), although I was encouraged to read that Council Leader Adam McVey has indicated a change of heart in response to Sir Geoff Palmer’s speech in Holyrood Park earlier today. Dundas, a conservative politician and lawyer, is commemorated at the Melville Monument in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh. Please review our Privacy Policy. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts. Are you sure you want to delete your Sputniknews.com account? Historian Hugh Thomas in his book on slavery stated that if it wasn't for Dundas, an MP for Midlothian, using his position as Home Secretary to frustrate efforts to end slavery it would have been abolished in the 1790s rather than in 1833. A controversial figure, he dominated Scottish politics, served as Minister of War during the French Revolutionary War and was the last person to be impeached by the House of Lords. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-53041048 I do not believe any of my cousins would object to the truth being told. He was the first Scot since the Union of 1707 to get to and stay at the top of UK politics. 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Henry Dundas is the latest target in the domino line of historical figures toppled by a reckoning of anti-Black racism. “I do not believe any of my cousins would object to the truth being told.”, Following Mr Carey’s plea for change and Black Lives Matter protests taking hold of Scottish cities over the weekend, council leader Adam McVey said he would “speak with council colleagues” and “try to get things resolved.”. Activists have been fighting for the last two years to add narrative to the statue exposing Dundas’ unscrupulous legacy including Sir Geoff Palmer, Scotland’s first black professor, who has been part of the “plaque committee”, an expert panel set up to decide what should be written below the often celebrated leader. A direct descendant of a Scottish politician responsible for delaying the abolition of slavery said he is “astonished” Edinburgh council has not acted on installing a plaque in the city to expose his ancestor’s contentious links to the slave trade. Melville 24 Dec. 1802. You can withdraw your consent using the method specified in the Privacy Policy. Family of the controversial conservative politician have said their ancestor has been treated unfairly, and wrongly associated with delaying the abolition of slavery. “My ancestor is controversial, but Edinburgh needs to own him, warts and all. #OTD 1811, Henry Dundas… Dundas, the first Viscount Melville, who as first lord of the admiralty, deliberately prolonged slavery to protect the elite in the 1800s — forcing about 630,000 slaves to wait more than a decade for their freedom. ; Edinburgh Univ. Last weekend, a rally in Edinburgh in solidarity with the BLM protests broke out in response to police brutality in the United States, where some demonstrators called for the removal of the Dundas effigy. A descendant of Scottish politician Henry Dundas has urged Edinburgh council to make changes to his ancestor’s statue, arguing his links to prolonging slavery should be exposed. Melville), Anne Dundas, Robert (Saunders) Dundas, Montague Abercromby (geb. Compare DNA and explore genealogy for Henry Dundas MP born 1742 Arniston House, Midlothian, Scotland died 1811 George Square, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland including ancestors + descendants + Y-chromosome DNA + more in the free family tree community. Before then there may be church records of baptisms and burials. As one of his descendants, it is important for me and my family to openly acknowledge his role; I believe it is also important for Edinburgh and Scotland to fully understand its history. The family of an 18th century MP, Henry Dundas, said he has been wrongly treated like a 'mass murderer' by Black Lives Matter activists. Mr Carey said in the wake of George Floyd protests reaching closer to home, the opportunity to be honest about the city’s ingrained links to the slave trade couldn’t be more apt. Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, also known as ‘the Great Tyrant’ was an active supporter of slavery. of Sir William Gordon, 1st Bt., of Invergordon, Ross. By clicking on the "Accept & Close" button, you provide your explicit consent to the processing of your data to achieve the above goal. Historians that have researched my ancestor are clear that, had it not been for his obstruction as Home Secretary, Britain would have ended slavery in 1792, rather than waiting until 1807 to abolish the slave trade with slaves finally being emancipated only in 1838. of Capt. Civil registration did not begin in the province until 1869. In Bristol, a statue of the slaver Edward Colston was taken down and removed by Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrators. Nov. 1778), da. Born: 28th Apr 1739 Baptised: Borthwick, Midlothian, , Scotland 18th Apr 1742 Died: 28th May 1811 Buried: Family: In the case of repeated violations of the rules above resulting in a second block of a user’s account, access cannot be restored. The City of Toronto is currently determining how to respond to a petition, signed to 14,000 people, to rename Dundas Street, one of the oldest and longest streets in the city. My ancestor is controversial, but Edinburgh needs to own him, warts and all. Dalkeith g.s. https://t.co/Ok8iLGqiYX pic.twitter.com/jbvSTCuQDv. “Henry Dundas blocked the abolition of slavery in the U.K. by years, a delay that cost tens of thousands of lives,” the Leader of Ontario’s NDP, Andrea Horwath, said on Twitter. Henry Dundas married Elizabeth Rannie and had 4 children. 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Dundas) May 28 1811 - Melville Castle, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland. “There is now an opportunity for the council to admit the role of one of its most influential figures by supporting the plaque committee to complete its work as quickly as possible. Create a free family tree for yourself or for Henry Dundas and we’ll search for valuable new information for you. If the moderators deem it possible to restore the account / unlock access, it will be done. Copies of marriage records made pre-1869 had to be sent by individual clergymen to the registrar of the county in which the marriage took place. The 1st Viscount, however, says that had it not been for the insertion of the caveat, not enough MPs would have voted to end the trade at all. Experts have argued that the "gradualist" approach to ending slavery delayed its abolition by around 15 years. “There is now an opportunity for City of Edinburgh Council to admit the role of one of its most influential figures by supporting the plaque committee to complete its work as quickly as possible. “Historians who have researched my ancestor are clear that, had it not been for his obstruction as Home Secretary, Britain would have ended slavery in 1792, rather than waiting until 1807 to abolish the slave trade with slaves finally being emancipated only in 1838. For a detailed description of the technologies, please see the Cookie and Automatic Logging Policy. If you have any questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy, please contact us at: privacy@sputniknews.com. We are committed to protecting your personal information and we have updated our Privacy Policy to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new EU regulation that went into effect on May 25, 2018. Henry Dundas was born on month day 1742, to Robert Dundas and Anne Gordon. Edinburgh designer known for Meghan Markle bag sees new design worn by The Princess Switch 3’s Vanessa Hudgens, 'It is ice hell, a total nightmare' - Fury over lack of grit for bins as frost bites in Edinburgh. Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, was a Scottish politician. In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited. pic.twitter.com/KHa2Kx2n4S. To improve the performance of our website, show the most relevant news products and targeted advertising, we collect technical impersonal information about you, including through the tools of our partners. 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Mr Carey said: “I am astonished that in the midst of the current Black Lives Matter protests, the City of Edinburgh Council announced that it “will not be facilitating any further meetings” to “reword history on a statue memorialising [the] man who prolonged the slave trade,” Mr Carey said. ​He argued that the 1st Viscount, who added the word 'gradual' in Wilberforce's 1792 abolition bill which ended slavery in the UK, was not, in fact, a supporter of the practice but had to make concessions to get it through parliament. b. educ. MY instinct was to keep out of the controversy over Henry Dundas, the government minister who ruled Scotland in the late 18th century. You can restore your account within 30 days by following the link sent to the e-mail address you entered during registration. 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