More than just a plucky lad

2008-04-25 00:00

The town of Fraserburgh sits on the shoulder of Scotland that juts out into the North Sea, an area known to the locals as World’s End. It boasts a unique connection to KwaZulu-Natal as it was here in 1815 that Charles Rawden Maclean was born. If that name doesn’t ring bells it’s because he is better known, erroneously as it turns out, as John Ross.

“Prior to 2008 the ‘John Ross’ Fraserburgh heritage exhibit focused mainly on the ‘young Ross’ story and his experiences living among the Zulu people,” says Malcolm McKillop, project co-ordinator at the centre. “There was little reference to the ‘adult Maclean’ and his lifelong devotion to emancipation, and his humanitarian efforts in the West Indies, and in England, where the Victorian London press portrayed him as a ‘Liberty’ man.

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