1809 – William Fergusson, the first known black student of the University of Edinburgh, matriculates

Born in Jamaica, he qualified in medicine in 1813 before becoming the only ever black governor of Sierra Leone in the mid-1840s. Fergusson became a model example for future West African doctors in the British empire. [A. Patton, Physicians, Colonial Racism and Diaspora in West Africa (Gainesville, 1996)]