Slave trade records from Liverpool, 1754-1792

Records relating to the slave trade at the Liverpool Record Office

Records relating to the slave trade at the Liverpool Record Office

Where they do presume to interpose a superior care in their own favour, it is generally in such vague romantic terms, as argue rather an effort of their imagination than to proceed from a settled belief in their minds
John Newton, Antigua, Jul 1751Copy letters from John Newton to Rev. Dr Jennings; img 19

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Read slave ships' logs and other slave trade records from Liverpool, 1700-1811

This collection contains the papers of merchants who were involved in the transatlantic slave trade during the period 1754-1792. The documents cover all aspects of the slave trade, from payments made by slave owners to dealings with groups along the coast of West Africa. The collection provides a valuable insight into the human and financial dimensions of slavery during the 18th century. 

Notes: (1) This collection is accompanied by an online guide written by Professor Kenneth Morgan; (2) the post-abolition papers of captain and ship-owner, James Brown (ca. 1807-1851), which are held with the main collection at the Liverpool Record Office, are included as a supplement. 


Slave trade records from Liverpool, 1754-1792...

Containing 2,970 pages belonging to 37 documents housed in 5 volumes...

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Miscellaneous documents from the Liverpool Record Office

Several smaller items which include interesting additional details on the Liverpool slave trade.

The Case and Southworth records

The Case and Southworth records (380 MD 33-36) cover the years from 1754 to 1769. They are the surviving commercial...

The Tuohy papers

The documents pertaining to David Tuohy are those of an Irishman who spent fourteen years in the African trade, including...

The Thomas Leyland records

Thomas Leyland (c.1752-1827) was a merchant, banker, millionaire and three times Mayor of Liverpool. In 1766 he won a lottery...


  • The Thomas Leyland records include a letterbook with some correspondence which discusses the slave trade. Their ships' accounts resemble those in our William Davenport & Co. collection.
  • The Tuohy papers include papers relating to ships, those papers include orders regarding the purchase of slaves. Tuohy's letters also describe his slave trading work.
  • The Case and Southworth records provide financial accounts for this Liverpool trading company which shipped goods from Jamaica.
  • The miscellaneous documents cover a variety of aspects of the slave trade. Their contents vary from prices and numbers of slaves captured to a ledger recording specific sales of slaves at an auction.
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