Evangelism in Jamaica, Theology in Scotland, but Freedom Deferred

Iain Whyte

in Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756-1838

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624324
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672196 | DOI:
Evangelism in Jamaica, Theology in Scotland, but Freedom Deferred

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By the late 1820s there were Scots missionaries in Jamaica. They were caught in the dilemma of seeking the spiritual and physical welfare of the slaves but being unable to question slavery, which would have them banned from the plantations. The pioneer,George Blyth, gave glowing reports of church services and classes for slaves supported by the planters. However after the slave rebellion of 1831-2 any sign of humanity led to threats and the burning of churches by vigilante groups of white settlers encouraged by the notorious Anglican priest George Bridges. At home the campaign for abolition gathered momentum with the final push towards abolition in 1833. Andrew Ritchie, minister of Potterrow Secession Church in Edinburgh succeeded Thomson as the leading Scottish abolitionist. Negotiations between the Government and the West Indians led to a compromise Apprenticeship Scheme. This slavery by another name was vigorously opposed by petitions including a massive one to Queen Victoria by the ‘Women of Scotland.’ The scheme was abolished in 1838.

Keywords: Missionaries; Jamaica; Rebellion; Ritchie; Apprenticeship

Chapter.  13694 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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