Joseph Knight

Standard Name: Knight, Joseph,, slave


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Textual Production Samuel Johnson
SJ dictated to Boswell his legal opinion in the case of Joseph Knight , a slave suing in Scotland for his liberty: he concluded, No man is by nature the property of another: The defendant...


15 January 1778
A Scottish court found in favour of Joseph Knight , a slave of African origin who had been brought to Scotland and now sued for his liberty. In effect this abolished slavery in Scotland: a...