In a recent interview (someone please remember which one?) Sam Heughan mentions that the history of Scots in the United States was not always honourable, and in the same interview the Confederacy is mentioned, which we know historically supported slavery. However, the link between the Jacobites and Slavery goes back further. Scotland was heavily involved in Slavery for many many years, both in being merchants and and working in the trade as well, on ships, on plantations and through investments.
I recently started reading Black and British by David Olusoga and found this section in the preface:
“In the late Seventeenth and early Eighteenth centuries the Royal African Company traded off the coast of West Africa predominantly in gold, ivory and slaves. The Royal African Company transported more Africans into slavery than any other British company in the whole history of the Atlantic slave trade. Between the 1670′s and 1730′s around a hundred and fifty thousand men, women and children passed through the company’s coastal fortresses on their way to lives of miserable slavery. Among those fortresses was Bunce Island. The Royal African Company was a royal chartered monopoly and as such was able to call upon the services of the Royal Navy to protect its monopoly, defend its fortresses and intercept the ships of so-called interlopers who attempted to muscle in on its trade. Protected from competition, the company was able to freely trade and thereby generate large profits from its investors. The ‘Royal’ in the company’s title was not a mere honorific. Among the company founders were King Charles II and his brother James Duke of York, the future King James II (the man after whom New York was named), who was actively involved in its administration. His name appears among shareholders who attended company meetings and on lists of those who drew profits and dividends. Among the other shareholders was the philosopher John Locke, whose sixteenth-century ancestor had been among the very first English traders to reach the coast of West Africa. So profitable were the activities of the Royal African Company that when in 1689, after he had been deposed in The Glorious Revolution and replaced with William of Orange and his wife Queen Mary, James II dispatched a representative to London to liquidate his shares, the former king’s profits amounted to £5,730 and were used to help fund his comfortable exile in Paris.”
James VII & II as he is known in Scotland, is the grandfather of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who may well have inherited some of that wealth. I love the Outlander television series (I think it is better than the books, which I have a number of issues with) and I love all things Scottish but one of the important things that has been happening recently here is the increasing acknowledgement of the role Scots played in slavery and the slave trade and I feel it is important to acknowledge that it happened. Lots of Jacobites went to work in the slave trade, Jacobites in exile became slave owners and that did not happen spontaneously, it came about because of pre-existing links.
When you think Ciate you instantly think nail polishes with pretty bows on them, but did you know the brand also has a makeup line? Although the makeup line is relativity unknown/unmentioned it’s got some great products like the Precious Metal Eyeshadows. I’ve never been a massive fan of loose eyeshadows/pigments (I find them a huge pain to be honest, they always seem to make a mess everywhere no matter how hard I try, my clothes, my bench-top, my bathroom, my hair) but these are just too good not to use and love. These eyeshadows come in five gorgeous shimmery metallic shades (I have two, ) and each one comes with an eye primer (which is surprisingly good) The eyeshadows are finely milded (no chunky glitter here) and for a loose eyeshadow fallout isn’t too bad. When used dry the shades can be blended out to look sheer and natural or they can be built up for a more noticeable finish. The magic of these eyeshadows though, really lies in them being used wet, when used with a small amount of mixing medium and applied with a brush, each shade looks like intense, high pigment liquid metal on the eyelids. I can’t understand why more people don’t talk about these.
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Aries – Queensland, Australia – It’s
where nature and scenery dominate. I’d spend all of my time exploring the Great
Barrier Reef and the rain forests. It’s where I’d go to challenge nature and to
Taurus – Vienna, Austria – It’s
a city full of music. Countless composers were born here, but more importantly,
it’s where other composers visited and ended up staying. It’s where I’d go to
get off the beaten path but still be captivated.
Gemini – Ibiza, Balearic
Islands, Spain – It’s where I’d go to meet new people and rave. It’s a place
that evokes the reckless, social butterfly in us all. It’s a place I’d go to when I don’t want to be
charmed, but I do want to be tempted.
Cancer – Santorini, Greece – A
place where the people are inviting, the atmosphere is beautiful, and the food
is amazing. It is comforting and beautiful with white and blue-washed houses
set against a glistening blue sea. It’s
where I’d go and find my home away from home.
Leo – Italy – I couldn’t choose
just one city. Travelers find each big city and little town alluring. It’s
romantic, rich in history, and picturesque- the epitome of beauty and grandeur.
It’s a place I’d go to feel like liquid gold and royalty.
Virgo – London, England – Somewhere
that’s different enough to satisfy my need for adventure but similar enough to
be considered a low emotional investment. It’s diverse and international but
still relatable. It could even be nostalgic because it reminds me a bit of
home. It’s where I’d go to change my routine without fully abandoning it.
Libra – Cape Town, South Africa –
It’s has everything- beaches, industry, mountains, gardens, etc. It’s a
perfectly balanced location. It’s where I’d go when I’m unsure as to what I
want to do, but I know I’m up for anything.
Scorpio – New Zealand – I could get
away from everyone I know. It’s relaxing but still a novelty. It’s where I’d go
to be unpressured and to watch the first sunrise of the day.
Sagittarius – Montreal,
Canada - It’s a melting pot that’s buzzing
with activity and intelligence while blending cultures and languages. It never gets
old because it changes with each new person that stops by. It’s where I’d go to
mix business and pleasure.
Capricorn – Tanzania, Africa
(Serengeti) – It’s rugged and unrefined. It’s a place I’d go to for the
ultimate adventure, a safari. It’s where I’d go to experience nature in its rawest
Aquarius – Greenland – Here, Aurora
Borealis can be viewed all year long except in the summer due to midnight sun. It’s
a remote location with a sparse population. It’s where I’d go to enjoy my own
company and to have the freedom to wander endlessly.
Pisces – New Orleans, Louisiana –
It’s home to jazz culture, delicious food, grand mansions and creole homes, and
warm, embracing people. It’s where I’d go to celebrate life with total strangers
who I always remember but never meet again.
I got a mini of the Ciate London Liquid Velvet lipstick and maaaaaaan it feels so nice and this color is so pretty! Like I’m v picky with reds, but for this to look this good without any other makeup, you bet believe Ima use the shit out of this!
moments that feel like endless lana del rey a late afternoon early evening summer day it’s how the clouds secretly feel about rain how steam secretly feels about hot liquids places like london or seattle and stockholm perpetual states of glum navel gazing