Rebellion and respite in Grenada

The Queen’s Baton relay stops off today in Grenada (08.03.2014).

An island that was fought over by France and Britain from the early seventeenth century, Grenada was finally reoccupied by Britain in 1784. It is around this time that the University has so far traced its earliest links with Grenada in Arts student (in 1770), Colin Lindsay who studied under Professor of Greek, James Moor. Lindsay became General of the West Indian Forces, after having entered the British Army in 1771. He was involved in putting down the Fedón rebellion of 1795 in Grenada. This rebellion was to put an end to British rule, abolish slavery (abolished in 1833) and return the island to French hands, and was led by Julien Fedón, a free mulatto of French extraction, and owner of Belvedere Estate as well as one-time commanding general of the French republican forces. After his attack on Belvedere Estate, Lindsay set up his headquarters in Fedón’s house. However, Lindsay died on 22 March 1795 due to ‘excessive fatigue and the noxious climate’ which is thought to have driven him to commit suicide.

It was also during those years of rebellion when the first Grenada-born student attended the University. John Horn enrolled in 1793 for an Arts course, and would gain his medical degree from Edinburgh (MD) in 1799. Throughout the eighteenth century and into the early nineteenth century, the majority of students from Grenada came to Glasgow to study study medicine. The Grenada-born medical graduates culminated in the Morgan brothers, Hyacinth Bernard Wenceslaus and Lawrence Sebastian.

MBChB 1909

MBChB 1914

Grenada became a fully independent state within the Commonwealth on 7 February 1974.

If you know more about the University’s links to Grenada, please get in touch.

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