In the 18th century, West Indian sugar quickly became a fashionable and widely sought-after item in homes throughout the British Empire. Merchants and traders stood to make immense profits from this addictive commodity, but behind the sweet substance is the story of the slave trade, which made the industry a success.
The history of Edinburgh and its burgeoning New Town reveals the ways in which every part of the British Empire was drawn into the sugar trade, as sugar entered through the Port of Leith, making its way to the refineries and warehouses of the Royal Mile, and into the homes of residents like the Lamonts of 7 Charlotte Square.
This lecture is part of the Hidden Histories series, which deals with some of the lesser known and more contentious subjects from Edinburgh’s past. This series is aimed at adults and older teenagers; please consider the subject matter carefully if booking tickets for children younger than this.