In the late 18th and early 19th century merchants in Greenock made their fortune through slavery. Within Greenock Cemeteries there are memorials to Members of Parliament, Provosts and merchants who made their fortunes from the use of slaves. Some were owners of plantations or owned slaves in the Caribbean. The most notable was Robert Wallace the 1st Member of Parliament for Greenock. Wallace was a business partner of James Tasker.
William Leitch who was married to Mary Roach Oughterson whose father Arthur Oughterson owned a plantation in Barbados.
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