University College London’s Department of History has made a database of ‘slave-owners’ available online.
UCL has set up the project and website ‘Legacies of British Slave-ownership’. The project’s overview states that:
“In 1833 Parliament finally abolished slavery in the British Caribbean, Mauritius and the Cape. The slave trade had been abolished in 1807, but it had taken another 26 years to effect the emancipation of the enslaved. However, in place of slavery the negotiated settlement established a system of apprenticeship, tying the newly freed men and women into another form of unfree labour for fixed terms.
“It also granted £20 million in compensation, to be paid by British taxpayers to the former slave-owners. That compensation money provided the starting point for our first project. We are now tracking back to 1763 the ownership histories of the 4,000 or so estates identified in that project.”
At the project’s website, you can search its database of around 46,000 members of the aristocracy and gentry who were ‘slave-owners’.
The BBC is broadcasting two one-hour television programmes entitled “Britain’s Forgotten Slave-owners”, presented by Anglo-Nigerian historian David Olusoga. You can read his Observer article on the subject at The Guardian‘s website.