Interview with Mark Pallis + recreation of a case

November 22, 2010

A few months ago, I was contacted by some of the children at Sandylands primary school. They were looking into a case (from around Garrow’s period) of two children who were found guilty of stealing and transported to Australia.

They came up to London with their teacher and we spent a very enjoyable morning together in Lincoln’s Inn.  The children asked me some questions about the period and the interview is online on their site.

The site is a really fun thing to have a look at. What I  enjoyed was their re-creation of the trial of young George and Elizabeth.  In addition to all of the actors, they have absolutely fantastic and creative wigs!  Anyway, I think all of the work on the project is fantastic and everyone who took part in it – in front of the camera and behind the scenes – deserves warm congratulations.

Well done Sandylands!

Here is the link

with best wishes



Inspirations Episode 2, continued

November 21, 2010


Hope you enjoyed tonight’s episode.  All the links and text are on the bbc website

For collected documents about the real Captain Jones, and the debate his case caused in society, click here


Inspirations for Episode 2

November 18, 2010

Hi. The BBC have uploaded some links if you want to learn more about some of the issues in the upcoming episode of Garrow’s Law.  However, if I were you, I’d hang on until after show!  But, if you can’t wait, please Click here

Episode 2 trailer

November 16, 2010

Click here for the trailer for episode 2 on the BBC website

Find out more about the Zong and slavery

November 14, 2010


In addition to the links and the text I’ve written on the BBC pages about the Zong,

here are some other really cool ones:

1) Dramatization of  Granville Sharp’s letters about the Zong incident

2) National Maritime Museum papers on the Zong – why not go for a visit and see the real papers yourself – it is absolutely fascinating

3) This is really interesting: The Journal of Legal History, Volume 28 Issue 3 2007, Zong Symposium (subscription required)

4 )  Understanding Slavery Briefing pack including reference to Act of Parliament in 1790 that resulted from the Zong Case.‘no+loss+or+damage+shall+be+recoverable+on+account+of+the+mortality+of+slaves+by+natural+death+or+ill+treatment,+or+against+loss+by+throwing+overboard+of+slaves+on+any+account+whatsoever’&hl=en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgOhrjr75jh2RTn2s47b2u6GMucX2E-q6Y23xkjiTWy709NqzkdSgDxxZyz-DHiZKL4RZojEjEt4B1_3sGxms5KQ129j_TNPm6NfR7SbPy0KesWquPh3roTZqb0-1v7Fzjv-Lc8&sig=AHIEtbQCwGKqEGFb3Evim_a7c40N8WH3FA

5) National Archives – The Somerset Ruling

6) English Heritage – Slavery and the Law

7) Case of insurance fraud at the Old Bailey – sentence is death!

Case of Edward Gilson 1807

8 ) What is a ‘Hulk Ship’?

9) What is a recommendation to mercy?

10) Where was the original Zong case heard? The Guildhall

11) What about Garrow and Slavey? Geoffrey Robertson Preface to Garrow Biography

Hope you enjoyed the show!

November 14, 2010

Where now?

Go onto the BBC website and have a look at the real cases and characters


with best wishes


Blue plaque

November 13, 2010

Hi everyone.

I have a piece about Garrow in The Times today with lots of fun facts.

In it, I mention the fact that Garrow’s former homes don’t have Blue Plaques.  But, amazingly, I have just found out that Garrow’s former home in Kent is being given its recognition in a ceremony at the end of the month!

Thanks very much to Bryan Gibson of the Garrow Society for sharing this information:

And well done to everyone involved in putting the plaque up there!