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After graduating in History from the University of Cambridge, Anna Groundwater completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Having spent several years teaching early modern British and Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh, she is now Research Fellow on Dr James Loxley’s AHRC project on Ben Jonson’s walk to Scotland in 1618-19. She has published on early modern government and society in the Scottish Borders, and on the roles of communication and patronage within James VI and I's government of his new 'Britain'. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a council member of the Scottish History Society and a trustee of the Scottish Medievalists Society.
Her research interests focus on the ways in which early modern Scottish government was able to carry out its policies, looking at the roles of patronage, obligation, alliance, friendship, and kinship, as well as the significance of communication and access in getting people to cooperate with the crown.
She has a particular interest in the communication between James VI and I’s government in London after 1603 and the Scottish elites, and is working on a large collection of correspondence between the court, the Scottish privy council, and regional elites in the Denmilne MS at the NLS, to be published by the Scottish History Society.
She is also interested in the government and society of the Scottish Borders, and in comparisons of that with other frontiers within the British Isles and Europe.
She is the co-founder of The Borders Forum, which is intended to provide an inter-institutional focal point for work on all types of frontiers, administrative and mental, across the disciplines:
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This article was published on Nov 26, 2012