Francis Stephen Aird

Project Title: Race, Slavery and the Textile Industry in Perthshire, 1840-1914

HEIs: University of Stirling and University of Strathclyde

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling.

Supervisor: Professor Kirstie Blair, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling.

About Francis’ Research

Francis Stephen Aird, SGSAH, SGSAH Research
Francis Stephen Aird

A collaborative, interdisciplinary study with the Universities of Stirling and Strathclyde. This project investigates how the textile trade in Perthshire – cotton, jute, and linen – was affected by, and implicated in, global issues around slavery and race in the long nineteenth century. Its primary focus will be on how workers within this industry, and in the local communities in Perthshire’s industrial towns and villages, perceived and represented questions of race, slavery and migration, and became involved in these debates. Using both historical and literary methodologies, it will uncover local and global histories and demonstrate how heritage bodies might incorporate these into public-facing activities.