Montagu House

Ignatius Sancho
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Prior to its demolition in 1815, the Duke of Montagu lived here. The Duke’s singular interest in Black people led him to sponsor Francis Williams (the free-born Jamaican who he sent to an English grammar school and afterwards to study Mathematics at Oxford) and Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, also known as Job Ben Solomon, an enslaved person whose transcriptions of the Koran (three times in its entirety from memory) are still kept in Oxford.

Montagu House was also where Ignatius Sancho  (the 18th-century Black correspondent and composer) was employed as a butler and where through ‘unwearied application’ he taught himself to read.

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