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16 February 2015

Find Robert Milligan

Whilst readers might not initially expect to find a statue of a slave and sugar plantation owner beside West India Docks, it can hardly be a surprise, and tells us a lot about this part of town. Robert Milligan was a Scottish merchant who was a driving force behind the construction fo West India Docks, an establishment man who served as Deputy Chairman of the West India Dock Company when construction began in 1800.

The Docks opened in 1802 and when Milligan died seven years later the company commissioned a statue of him which now stands in front of the Museum of London Docklands.

For more, see http://archive.museumoflondon.org.uk/LSS/Map/Enslavement/People/21.htm

^Picture © Elliott Brown used under a Creative Commons license^

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