Caribbean Slave Owners with a County Mayo Connection (1670-1834)

This talk examines the connections between County Mayo and historical slavery in the British Caribbean. It considers why individuals and families with links to Mayo migrated to the Caribbean and became involved in planting and slavery. It looks at the benefits that accrued to them socially, politically, and economically through having a presence on both sides of the Atlantic. Finally, it considers the difficulties of reconstructing the biographies of the many whose lives were stolen and identities erased by those with a Mayo connection.

Dr. Michael M. O’Connor is a lawyer, independent researcher, and author. He holds First Class Honours Degrees in Law from Trinity College Dublin and Cambridge University, He also has a Doctorate in Philosophy (Law) from Trinity College Dublin. He has practised as a lawyer for almost thirty years in Ireland and internationally, including several years in the Middle East. His research interests include social history, crime & punishment, women & the law, 18th & 19th-century public institutions, and slavery.

Dr. O’Connor is administrator of the very popular County Mayo History & Heritage Facebook page

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