Henry Dundas: A ‘Great Delayer’ of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

  title={Henry Dundas: A ‘Great Delayer’ of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade},
  author={Stephen Mullen},
  journal={The Scottish Historical Review},
  • Stephen Mullen
  • Published 1 August 2021
  • History
  • The Scottish Historical Review
Henry Dundas, first viscount Melville (1742–1811), lord advocate in Scotland, MP for Edinburgh and Midlothian, first lord of the admiralty, home secretary and the first secretary of state for war, was one of the most powerful politicians in the eighteenth-century British parliament. His involvement in the gradual abolition of the slave trade after 1792 was amongst the most controversial episodes of his career. His role has attracted much interest in the last few years, although there are two… 
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