The shackled legacy of the north-east’s ties to the slave trade was left on trafficked humans sold to the highest bidder.
North-east merchants were responsible for shipping thousands of Africans to the Americas as slaves where they were given names such as Dundee and Angus.
Phone book legacy
A government slave census of 1817 recorded almost 300 slaves named Aberdeen throughout the British West Indies where they worked on the plantations, producing raw materials such as sugar, rum, tobacco and cotton, which were shipped to Britain.
Slaves were sometimes named after their owner and surnames from the north-east that appear frequently in the Jamaican phone book today include Burnett, Dyce, Forbes, Gordon, Grant, Lamont, Leslie and Shand.