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Macaulay, Zachary
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(Apr 2, 1768, Inverary – May 13, 1838, London), the son of a minister in the Church of Scotland, worked from the age of 16 as a bookkeeper on an estate in Jamaica. There his experiences led to a lifelong abhorrence of slavery. In 1793 Macaulay went to work in the new colony of Sierra Leone, which had been founded as a settlement for freed slaves. He served as governor of the colony for six years and then returned to England, where he was an effective campaigner for the abolition of slavery. Closely associated with other leading members of the “Clapham sect,” Macaulay was a leadin…

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Smith, Mark, “Macaulay, Zachary”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 June 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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