28 January - 'The Absentee Duchess; Female slave-ownership in the aristocratic world'
School of History, UCC
Dr Hannah Young, Department of History, Southampton, England
Thursday 28 January 2021, 16.00-17.00 (4-5 PM)
The paper will be delivered through MS Teams
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Paper This paper will use Anna Eliza Grenville, first Duchess of Buckingham and Chandos, as a lens through which to explore the gendering of aristocratic property- and slave-ownership in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. Alongside the extensive metropolitan property Grenville brought to her marriage was Hope estate, a Jamaican plantation upon which worked 379 enslaved men, women, and children. The paper will demonstrate how seamlessly enslaved property could be integrated into aristocratic forms of property-ownership and transmission and highlight the important role women played in bringing slave-ownership ‘home’ to metropolitan Britain. Dr Hannah Young is a lecturer in nineteenth-century British history at the University of Southampton. Awarded her PhD from UCL in 2017, she was subsequently the recipient of an Economic History Society Tawney Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research. Her research explores gender, family and absentee slave-ownership in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. She has a keen interest in heritage and public history and has also worked at the Victoria and Albert Research Institute (VARI), where she explored links between slave-ownership and the V&A.