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Professor Sir Tom Devine

Kt, OBE, BA, PhD, DLitt, HonD Univ (Strathclyde, 2006), Hon DLitt (Queen's, Belfast, 2001), Hon DLitt (Abertay, Dundee, 2001), FRHistS, FSAScot, FRSE, Hon MRIA, FBA

Emeritus Professor




Book cover: To the Ends of the Earth

T.M. Devine, To the Ends of the Earth, Scotland's Global Diaspora, 1750-2010 (Penguin, 2011)

Book cover: Scotland and the British Empire

T.M. Devine, With John M. Mackenzie, eds., Scotland and the British Empire (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Book cover: The Scottish Nation

T.M. Devine, The Scottish Nation 1700 to 2000 (Penguin, London, 2006)

Book cover: Clearance and Improvement

T.M. Devine, Clearance and Improvement: Land, Power and People in Scotland, 1700-1900 (John Donald Publishers Ltd, 2006)

Book cover: Scotland's Empire and the Shaping of the Americas

T.M. Devine, Scotland's Empire and the Shaping of the Americas, 1700-1815 (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004)

T.M. Devine, Scotland's Empire, 1600-1815 (Penguin Allen Lane, 2003)


 T.M. Devine, The Scottish Nation, 1700-2000 (Penguin Allen Lane, 1999)

T.M. Devine, St Mary's Hamilton: the Social History of an Irish Catholic Community (John Donald, 1996)

Book cover: Exploring the Scottish Past

T.M. Devine, Exploring the Scottish Past: Themes in the History of Scottish Society (Tuckwell Press, 1995)





T.M. Devine, The Transformation of Rural Scotland: Social Change and Agrarian Development, 1660-1815 (Edinburgh University Press, 1994)

T.M. Devine, Clanship to Crofters' War: The Social Transformation of the Scottish Highlands (Manchester University Press, 1994)

Book cover: The Great Highland Famine

T.M. Devine, The Great Highland Famine: Hunger, Emigration and the Scottish Highlands in the Nineteenth Century (John Donald, 1988)





T.M. Devine, A Scottish Firm in Virginia: William Cunninghame and Co., 1767-1777 (Scottish History Society, 1984)

T.M. Devine, The Tobacco Lords: A Study of the Tobacco Merchants of Glasgow and their Trading Activities, 1740-1790 (John Donald, 1975)


Edited Books

Book cover: Modern Scottish History T.M. Devine and J. Wormald, The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History, (OUP, 2012)
Book cover: Scotland and the Union

T.M. Devine, (Editor) Scotland and the Union, 1707 to 2007 (Edinburgh University Press, 2008)


T.M. Devine, with C.H. Lee and G. Peden, eds., The Transformation of Scotland: the Economy since 1700 (Edinburgh University Press, 2005)

T.M. Devine, With P. Logue, eds., Being Scottish: Personal Reflections on Scottish Identity Today (Edinburgh University Press, 2002)

T.M. Devine, Ed., Scotland's Shame? Bigotry and Sectarianism in Modern Scotland (Mainstream Publishing, 2000)

T.M. Devine, With J.F. McMillan, eds., Celebrating Columba: Irish-Scottish Connections, 597-1997 (John Donald, 1999)

T.M. Devine, With J.R. Young, eds., Eighteenth Century Scotland: Explorations and Revisions (Tuckwell Press, 1999)

T.M. Devine, With R.J. Finlay, eds., Scotland in the Twentieth Century (Edinburgh University Press, 1996)

T.M. Devine, With G. Jackson, eds., Glasgow, Vol 1. Beginnings to 1830 (Manchester University Press, 1995)

T.M. Devine, With A.J.G. Cummings, eds., Industry, Business & Society in Scotland since 1700 (John Donald, 1994)

T.M. Devine, Ed., Scottish Elites: proceedings of the Scottish Historical Studies Seminar, University of Strathclyde, 1991-92 (John Donald, 1994)

Book cover: Scottish Emigration and Scottish Society


T.M. Devine, Ed., Scottish Emigration & Scottish Society: proceedings of the Scottish Historical Studies Seminar, University of Strathclyde, 1990-91(John Donald, 1992)




T.M. Devine, Ed., Irish Immigrants and Scottish Society in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: proceedings of the Scottish Historical Society Seminar, University of Strathclyde, 1989-90 (John Donald, 1991)

T.M. Devine, Ed., Conflict and Stability in Scottish Society, 1700-1850: proceedings of the Scottish Historical Studies Seminar, University of Strathclyde, 1988-89 (John Donald 1990)

T.M. Devine, Ed., Improvement and Enlightenment : proceedings of the Scottish Historical Studies Seminar, University of Strathclyde, 1987-88 (John Donald, 1989)

T.M. Devine, With Rosalind Mitchison, eds., People and Society in Scotland, 1760-1830 (John Donald, 1988)

T.M. Devine, Ed., Farm Servants and Labour in Lowland Scotland, 1770-1914 (John Donald, 1984)

T.M. Devine, With D. Dickson, eds., Ireland and Scotland, 1600-1850: Parallels and Contrasts in Economic and Social Development (John Donald, 1983)

T.M. Devine, Ed., Lairds and Improvement in the Scotland of the Enlightenment: proceedings of the Ninth Scottish Historical Conference, University of Edinburgh, 1978 (Glasgow, Scottish Historical Conference Trust, 1979)


Articles and Book Chapters

T.M. Devine, 'The Great irish Famine and Scottish History', in MJ Mitchell's (ed) Irish in Scotland: New Perspectives (2008)

T.M. Devine, 'An End to Disadvantage? Catholics in Scotland since 1945' in MJ Mitchell's (ed) Irish in Scotland: New Perspectives (2008)

T.M. Devine, 'Three Hundred Years of the Anglo-Scottish Union' in TM Devine's (ed) Scotland and the Union, 1707 to 2007 (2008)

T.M. Devine, 'The Spoils of Empire' in TM Devine's (ed) Scotland and the Union, 1707 to 2007 (2008)

T.M. Devine, 'Imperial Scotland' in TM Devine's (ed) Scotland and the Union, 1707 to 2007 (2008)

T.M. Devine, 'The Challenge of Nationalism' in TM Devine's (ed) Scotland and the Union, 1707 to 2007 (2008)

T.M. Devine, ‘The Break-Up of Britain? Scotland and the End of Empire. The Prothero Lecture of the Royal Historical Society’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Cambridge Journal Online, 2006) 16, 163-180

T.M. Devine, ‘The Modern Economy: Scotland and the Act of Union’, The Transformation of Scotland. The Economy since 1700 (Edinburgh University Press, 2005), 13-33

T.M. Devine, ‘Industrialisation’, The Transformation of Scotland. The Economy since 1700 (Edinburgh University Press, 2005), 34-70

T.M. Devine, ‘The Transformation of Agriculture: Cultivation and Clearance’, The Transformation of Scotland. The Economy since 1700 (Edinburgh University Press, 2005), 71-99

T.M. Devine, ‘Scottish Élites and the Indian Empire, 1700-1815’, Anglo-Scottish Relations, from 1603 to 1900 (Oxford University Press, 2005), 213-230

T.M. Devine, ‘Making the Caledonian Connection: the Development of Irish and Scottish Studies’, Ireland and Scotland: Culture and Society, 1700-2000 (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2005), 248-59

T.M. Devine, ‘Alexander Geddes: The Scottish Context’, The Bible and the Enlightenment (T & T Clark International, London, 2004), 35-43

T.M. Devine, ‘Scotland’, The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2004) 1, 388-417

T.M. Devine, ‘Irish and Scottish Development Revisited’, Refiguring Ireland. Essays in Honour of L M Cullen (Lilliput Press, Dublin, 2003), 37-52

T.M. Devine, 'Scottish Urban Networks, 1500-1850' in P. Clark, ed., The Cambridge Urban History of Britain, Vol 2 (Cambridge University Press, 2000)

T.M. Devine, 'Agrarian and Social Change in Lowland Scotland, c.1680-1815', Histoire, Economie et Société, (Paris, 1999)

T.M. Devine, 'Land and Power in Eighteenth Century Scotland' in S. Foster, A. Macinnes and R. Macinnes, eds., Power Centres: from the early Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century (Cruithne Press, 1998)

T.M. Devine, 'Why the Highlands did not starve: Ireland and Highland Scotland in the Potato Famine' in R.J. Morris, R. Houston and S. Connolly, eds., Conflict, Identity and Economic Development: Ireland and Scotland, 1600-1939 (Carnegie Publications, 1995)

T.M. Devine, 'Introduction' to symposium proceedings, 'Whither Scottish History?', Scottish Historical Review (April, 1994)

T.M. Devine, 'The Flight of the Poor: Highland Emigration to Canada in the Mid-Nineteenth Century' in C.J. Byrne, M. Harry and P. O'Siadhail, eds., Celtic Languages and Celtic Peoples; Proceedings of the Second North American Congress of Celtic Studies, Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 1989 (Halifax, N.S., 1992)

T.M. Devine, 'The Making of Urban and Industrial Society' in R. Mitchison, ed., Why Scottish History Matters, (The Saltire Society, 1991)

T.M. Devine, 'The Highland Clearances' in A. Digby and C. Feinstein, D. Jenkins, eds., New Directions in Economic and Social History (Macmillan, 1992)

T.M. Devine, 'Social Responses to Agrarian Improvement: the Highland and Lowland Clearances in Scotland, 1500-1850' in R. Houston and I. Whyte, eds., Scottish Society, 1500-1800 (Cambridge University Press, 1989)

T.M. Devine, 'The Landed Class and the Great Highland Famine' in L. Leneman, ed., Perspectives in Scottish Social History: essays in honour of Rosalind Mitchison (Aberdeen University Press, 1988)

T.M. Devine, 'Unrest and Stability in Rural Ireland and Scotland, 1760-1840' in R. Mitchison and P. Roebuck, eds., Economy and Society in Scotland and Ireland, 1500-1939 (John Donald, 1988)

T.M. Devine, 'The Highland Clearances', Recent Findings of Research in Economic and Social History. Economic History Society, 4, (1987)

T.M. Devine, 'The Union of 1707 and Scottish Development', Scottish Economic and Social History, V (1985)

T.M. Devine, 'Pastoralism and Highland Migration, 1760-1870' in A. Pointrineau, ed., Elevage et Vie Pastorale dans Montagnes c'Europe au Moyen Age et a l'Epogue Moderne: Actes du Collogue organise par l'Institut d'Histoire et l'Institute d'Etudes du Massif Central, 3-5 Juin 1982 (Clermont Ferrand, 1984)

'T.M. Devine, The Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707 and Scottish Economic Development': the Case Re-opened, Scotia: American-Canadian Journal of Scottish Studies, vii (1984)

T.M. Devine, 'Highland Migration to Lowland Scotland, 1760-1860', Scottish Historical Review (October, 1983)

T.M. Devine, 'The Merchant Class of the Larger Scottish Towns in the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Centuries' in and G. Gordon and B. Dicks, eds., Scottish Urban History (Aberdeen University Press, 1983)

T.M. Devine, 'Irish and Scottish Development', Scottish Economic and Social History, 2 (1982)

T.M. Devine, 'Migration and Emigration' in David Daiches, ed., A Companion to Scottish Culture (London, E. Arnold, 1981)

T.M. Devine, 'The Scottish Merchant Community, 1680-1740' in R.H. Campbell and A.S. Skinner, eds., The Origins and Nature of the Scottish Enlightenment ( John Donald, 1982)

T.M. Devine, 'Farm Servants and Labour in the Lothians, 1815-1840', Journal of the Scottish Labour History Society (1980)

T.M. Devine, 'The Demand for Agricultural Labour in East Lothian after the Napoleonic Wars', Transaction of the East Lothian Antiquarian and Natural History Society, 16 (1979)

T.M. Devine, 'Temporary Migration and the Scottish Highlands in the Nineteenth Century', Economic History Review (August, 1979)

T.M. Devine, 'Social Stability and Agrarian Change in the Eastern Lowlands of Scotland, 1810-1840', Social History, III 3 (1978)

T.M. Devine, 'An Eighteenth Century Business Elite, 1740-1815', Scottish Historical Review (April, 1978)

T.M. Devine, 'Colonial Commerce and the Scottish Economy, 1730-1815' in L.M. Cullen and T.C. Smout, eds., Comparative Aspects of Irish and Scottish Economic and Social History, 1600-1900 (John Donald, 1977)

T.M. Devine, 'The Colonial Trades and Industrial Investment in Eighteenth Century Scotland', Economic History Review, 2nd series (April, 1976)

T.M. Devine, 'A Glasgow Merchant during the American War of Independence: Alexander Speirs of Elderslie, 1775-1781', The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series, xxxii (1976)

T.M. Devine, 'The American War of Independence and Scottish Economic History' in O.Dudley Edwards and G. Shepperson, eds., Scotland, Europe and the American Revolution (Edinburgh University Student Publications, 1976)

T.M. Devine, 'The Scottish Burghs and the Cromwellian Union, 1652-1660' in J. Butt and J.T. Ward, eds., Scottish Themes: essays in honour of Prof. S.G.E. Lythe (Scottish Academic Press, 1976)

T.M. Devine, 'The Rise and Fall of Illicit Whisky-Making in Northern Scotland, 1780-1840', Scottish Historical Review (October, 1975)

T.M. Devine, 'Sources of Finance for the Scottish Tobacco Trade, c.1730-1780', Business History (July, 1974)

T.M. Devine, 'Glasgow Merchants and the Collapse of the Tobacco Trade, 1775-1783', Scottish Historical Review (April, 1973)

T.M. Devine, 'Problems of Glasgow West India Merchants during the American War, 1775-1783', Transport History (1971)

T.M. Devine, 'Glasgow Colonial Merchants and Land, 1770-1815' in J.T. Ward and R.G. Wilson, eds., Land and Industry: the Landed Estate in the Industrial Revolution (David & Charles, 1971)