School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Scottish History seminars

The Scottish History research seminars take place throughout the academic year and are open to all.

Time and location

Unless otherwise stated, the seminars take place on Thursdays at 5.15pm online. Seminars are via Collabroate, which works best with Google Chrome. All are welcome!

Event schedule

Semester 2

Date Speaker Topic

Thursday 21 Jan

Professor Julian Goodare (University of Edinburgh)

‘Charles I’s revocation reassessed’

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Thursday 4 Feb

Dr Ian Cawood (University of Stirling)

‘“The System of the North?” Scotland and anti-corruption, 1800-1860’

Collaborate guest link:

Thursday 11 Feb

Professor Janay Nugent (University of Lethbridge, Alberta, CA)

‘Family as a little seminary: The case of ministers’ families, 1560-1700’

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Thursday 25 Feb

Dr Clarisse Godard Desmarest (University of Picardie Jules Vernes)

‘John Ritchie Findlay (1824-98): Architectural patron and philanthropist’

Collaborate guest link:

Thursday 4 Mar

Elisabeth Rébeillé-Borgella (University of Edinburgh)

‘Like father, like son? Esmé and Ludovic Stuart d’Aubigny in Scotland, 1579-1603’

Collaborate guest link:


Thursday 11 Mar

Mathew Nicolson (University of Edinburgh)

‘“The Island Problem”: Scottish local Government reform and the creation of island councils, 1966-75’

Collaborate guest link:

Thursday 18 Mar

Dr Valerie Wallace (Victoria University, Wellington, NZ)

‘Scots law, legal pluralism and British settler colonialism: Some preliminary findings from Aotearoa/New Zealand’

Collaborate guest link:

NB 6:15-7:30pm

Thursday 25 Mar

Charlotte Holmes (University of Edinburgh)

‘Domestic medicine and knowledge networks in Early Modern Scotland, c. 1650-c. 1750’

Collaborate guest link:

Semester 1, 2020/21

Date Speaker Topic

Thursday 1 Oct

Professor Steve Boardman (University of Edinburgh)

‘Scotland in the Gough Map (c. 1400)’

Thursday 15 Oct

Dr James Smyth (University of Stirling)

‘“In all countries where the babies make the laws and customs…”: Infant mortality, c. 1860s to 1920s, a transatlantic study of public health and climate’

Thursday 29 Oct

Dr Helen Newsome (University of Sheffield)

‘Secrecy, spies and hidden networks of exchange in the correspondence of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots (1489-1541)’

Thursday 12 Nov

Robbie Johnston (University of Edinburgh)

‘Rediscovering the Union: Margaret Thatcher, the Conservatives and Scotland, 1974-c. 1990’

Thursday 26 Nov     

Karie Schultz (British School at Rome)

‘Political thought and two kingdoms theology in Civil-War Scotland, 1637-1646’

Organised in association with the Scottish History Society

Thursday 3 Dec

Sonny Angus (University of Edinburgh)

‘Jugs, mugs and banners: The material culture of Scottish Radicalism, 1820-1884’

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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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