Scone Palace

In 2007 English Heritage hosted an exhibition at Kenwood House  exploring the story of abolition, through the lives of 18th-century England’s most powerful judge and his great-niece Dido Elizabeth Belle.

This display explained the vital role played by Lord Chief Justice, the 1st Earl of Mansfield,  in the slave trade cases and the early abolition story, including the celebrated Somerset ruling which prevented slaves from being forcibly removed from Britain.     It also looks at the life of Dido, the daughter of Lord Mansfield’s nephew Sir John Lindsay and an enslaved African woman, who Lord Mansfield and his wife brought up at Kenwood.

This picture, which shows Dido with her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray, attributed to Zoffany,  is on loan from  Scone Palace in Perth, the home of the present Earl of Mansfield.