Frederick Douglass and Women Abolitionists, Scotland

Exploring the links between US black and British female emancipation in Scotland's towns and cities.

About the project

The project by the Scottish Women's History group, the DRB, aims to follow in the footsteps of self-freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

With the help of Scotland's Urban Past, the DRB will record the places Douglass delivered moving speeches on the abolition of the slave trade and explore the links between US black and British female emancipation in Scotland's towns. These towns include:

  • Perth
  • Dundee
  • Arbroath
  • Montrose
  • Ayr
  • Kilmarnock
  • Paisley
  • Greenock
  • Bonhill
  • Hawick
  • Galashiels
  • Coldstream
  • Kelso
  • Edinburgh
  • Kirkcaldy

The group are calling for local communities, poets, authors and creative writers to get involved in sharing the story of his visit to Scotland in the 1840s.

If you would like to join the DRBs on this project or would like more information, please contact Peigi MacKillop, Digital Resources Officer, at

A map of Scotland showing Perth, Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Paisley, Greenock, Bonhill, Hawick, Galashiels, Coldstream, Kelso, Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy
A black and white photograph of a smartly dressed African-American man with grey hair and a beard.Image of Frederick Douglass courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration