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Glasgow City Archives is committed to sharing online Glasgow’s wonderful documentary heritage. These resources will help tell the story of our city as it grew from a small cathedral town, to an international trading city and then a world-renowned centre for shipbuilding and engineering.

The Stirling of Keir archive is one of Scotland’s major collections for the study of Caribbean slavery. The family had sugar estates in Jamaica – Hampden in St James and Frontier in St Mary. A selection of documents has been digitised from one series of records (TSK 22 2). These include: letter book of James Stirling, 1764-1772; account books for both Hampden and Frontier; invoices and sales books, 1764-1784, including lists and valuations of enslaved people; and records of ship arrivals with details of sales of sugar and rum, 1788-1793.

Letter book, 1764-1772 (TSK 22 2) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives

Account book, 1764-1778 (TSK 22 3) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives

Account book, 1781-1784 (TSK 22 4) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives

Invoice and sales book, 1770-1776 (TSK 22 5) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives

Invoice and sales book, 1775-1781 (TSK 22 6) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives

Invoice and sales book, 1780-1784 (TSK 22 7) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives

Ship arrivals & sales of sugar and rum, 1788-1790 (TSK 22 11) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives

Ship arrivals & sales of sugar and rum, 1789-1793 (TSK 22 12) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives

Keir works at Hampden, plan and elevation, n.d. (TSK 22 13) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives

Hampden House, front elevation, n.d. (TSK 22 14) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives

Hampden estate plan, n.d. (TSK 22 15) ©Glasgow Life: Glasgow City Archives