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TITLE
Letter Concerning Movement of Female Slave, North Carolina, 1782
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB232_D928_A_I_17
DATE OF IMAGE
1783
PERIOD
1780s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
5546
KEYWORDS
USA
emigrants
emigration
slavery
slaves
Letter Concerning Movement of Female Slave, North Carolina, 1782

This letter dated 16 March 1782 (signature indecipherable) allows for movement of a woman slave. It reads, 'The Bearer Lieut Soirle McDonald of the British Legion has permission to take with him a negro woman named Doll [?] being the property of his Daughter Mary and brought from Nth Carolina with his family'. The letter has been countersigned on 26 April 1783 at the Commandant's Office by G. Williams, Major of Brigade, New York.

Captain Soirle Macdonald emigrated to North Carolina from Skye in 1771 and settled in Anson County. He served as a Loyalist during the American War of Independence after which he settled in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. He returned to Skye c1792 where he lived until he was over 90. He left a young widow who was still living at Feaul, Kilmuir in 1886, when she had reached the age of 100.

The document is part of the JLM Mitchell Archive of the Gaelic Society of Inverness. Sheriff James Lachlan Martin Mitchell (b. 13 June 1929) was a native of Inverness and son of well-known doctor, Lachlan Mitchell. He was appointed full-time sheriff in Edinburgh in 1978 and served there until his retirement in 1995. He died on 26 November 2001.

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Letter Concerning Movement of Female Slave, North Carolina, 1782

1780s

USA; emigrants; emigration; slavery; slaves

Highland Archive Centre

Sheriff JLM Mitchell (documents)

This letter dated 16 March 1782 (signature indecipherable) allows for movement of a woman slave. It reads, 'The Bearer Lieut Soirle McDonald of the British Legion has permission to take with him a negro woman named Doll [?] being the property of his Daughter Mary and brought from Nth Carolina with his family'. The letter has been countersigned on 26 April 1783 at the Commandant's Office by G. Williams, Major of Brigade, New York.<br /> <br /> Captain Soirle Macdonald emigrated to North Carolina from Skye in 1771 and settled in Anson County. He served as a Loyalist during the American War of Independence after which he settled in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. He returned to Skye c1792 where he lived until he was over 90. He left a young widow who was still living at Feaul, Kilmuir in 1886, when she had reached the age of 100.<br /> <br /> The document is part of the JLM Mitchell Archive of the Gaelic Society of Inverness. Sheriff James Lachlan Martin Mitchell (b. 13 June 1929) was a native of Inverness and son of well-known doctor, Lachlan Mitchell. He was appointed full-time sheriff in Edinburgh in 1978 and served there until his retirement in 1995. He died on 26 November 2001.<br /> <br /> Read an article on this item on the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/8207136.stm"target="_blank">BBC website</a> <br /> <br /> <br /> For further information about this item and the collection to which it belongs, please <a href="mailto: archives@highlifehighland.com">email</a> the Highland Archive Service