Scottish History seminars Semester 1

The School offers a Scottish History seminar series throughout the year to which all are welcome.

Time and location

Unless otherwise stated, the seminars begin at 5.15pm in Room G. 14, Doorway 4, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG. All are welcome!

Event schedule

Semester 2, 2019
Date Speaker Topic Notes
Thursday 17 Jan

Ewen Cameron (University of Edinburgh)

‘A climate of fear? Scottish Universities and Devolution, 1974-1979’


Thursday 24 Jan                           

Andrew Simpson (University of Aberdeen)

The “invention” of Scots Law in the 1560s’


Thursday 31 Jan

Ian Gow (University of Edinburgh)

‘The Scottish sinologist and missionary scholar Alexander Wylie (1815-1887): Translation and knowledge transfer in science and technology to and from 1850s China’

Thursday 7 Feb

Clarisse Godard Desmarest (University of Picardie Jules Verne

‘Memory and monumental landscape: The column to Henry Dundas (1742-1811) in the New Town, Edinburgh’


Thursday 14 Feb

Peter Marshall (University of Warwick

‘Clerical culture in Early Modern Orkney’

Monday 18 Feb Sir John Elliott (University of Oxford) ‘Scots and Catalans’ 6.00pm Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School

Thursday 28 Feb

Ashley Foster (University of Notre Dame)

‘“Assent to this System”: The interplay of the eternal supernatural and Eighteenth-Century natural within the Reformed Scottish self’


Thursday 7 Mar

Bob Morris (University of Edinburgh

‘The saving of John Knox House, 1846-1851: A signature for Scotland?’


Thursday 14 Mar

Thomas Stewart (University of Edinburgh

‘Coping with failure: Factionalism and the Scottish National Party 1979-1983’


Thursday 21 Mar

Alice Blackwell (National Museums Scotland )

‘The (missed) potential of Medieval stray finds in Scotland: A call to arms’

Thursday 28 Mar

Clare Loughlin (University of Edinburgh

‘Anti-Catholicism and the problem of ‘popery’ in Scotland, c. 1690-c. 1745’

Thursday 4 Apr Ciaran Jones (University of Edinburgh) ‘Conversion and religious identity in 17th century Scotland: The murderess and the witch’  
Thursday 23 May Michael Graham '"Doctrein" or "Filthie Speiches"?  The St. Andrews Ministers and the Politics of the 1590s' 5.15pm, Room 2.36, William Robertson Wing, doorway 4, Old Medical School. Teviot Place

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Further information

Please contact the organiser, Dr Alasdair Raffe, for further information.


Dr Alasdair Raffe

Lecturer in History

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • University of Edinburgh

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