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

All seminars take place on Thursdays at 5.15pm.   Unless otherwise stated, seminars will take place in room LG.06, 40 George Square, Edinburgh unless stated otherwiseAll are welcome to attend, and it is not necessary to book a place in advance. Joining instructions for the online seminar on 2 February will be sent via the Scottish History seminar mailing list.  If you are not on the mailing list, please contact the seminar convenor ( for the link to join the seminar.

Event schedule

Semester 2 2022/23

Further information will be confirmed shortly.

Date Speaker Topic Note
Thu 26 Jan

Dr Emily Ward (University of Edinburgh)

‘Teste me ipso: Adolescent rulers, political “belonging” and Anglo-Scottish royal relations in the mid-13th century’

Thu 2 Feb

Dr Andrew Jones

‘Revival after disruption: Evangelicals and evangelicalism in the established Church of Scotland, 1843-1900’ 

Online via Zoom
Thu 9 Feb

Dr Scott Hames (University of Stirling)

‘Alternative Scotlands: The cultural magazine as national counter-public, c. 1980-2000’ CANCELLED
Thu 16 Feb

Alison Clark (University of Edinburgh)

‘Expanding the boundaries of empire, 1790-1815: Scottish traders in the southeast Caribbean’ CANCELLED
Thu 2 Mar

Professor Maureen Meikle

‘Danish perspectives upon the marriage of James VI and Anna of Denmark’  
Thur 9 Mar

Dr Laura Doak (University of Dundee)

‘Making sense of the minutes: Materiality and the Scottish privy council record project’  
Thur 16 Mar - POSTPONED

Jenny McHugh (University of Lancaster)

‘Loyalty and rebellion in 14th century Scotland: An examination of allegiance via oaths of ‘fealty’ and treason trials’


Thu 23 Mar


Rene Winkler (University of Edinburgh)

‘Fossil fuel: Robert Wodrow, James Paterson and a Scottish Network of Natural History Exchange, c. 1699-1702’

NB venue Appleton Tower, 2.11
Thur 30 Mar Dr David Parrish (College of the Ozarks, Missouri, USA)

‘Jacobite historical cultures in Scotland, 1689-c. 1750’


Semester 1 2022/23

Date Speaker Topic

Thu 29 Sep

Professor Richard Finlay (University of Strathclyde)

‘The myth of Scottish Unionism’

Thu 6 Oct Helen Lowe (University of Edinburgh)

‘A great debate? Scotland’s approach to the development of technical and vocational education in secondary schools, c. 1976-1990’

Thu 13 Oct Dr Lucy Dean (University of the Highlands and Islands)

‘Negotiating age and manhood: A comparative approach to Medieval Scottish kingship’

Thu 20 Oct Dr Karly Kehoe (Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia) ‘Building a British Empire: Scottish Catholics in the North Atlantic, 1770-1830’
Thu 27 Oct

Dr Yvonne McFadden (University of Strathclyde)

‘“They had a bond”: Women in mining communities in 20th-century Scotland’

Thu 3 Nov Dr Naomi Lloyd-Jones (Durham University)

CANCELLED - ‘Pledges and Programmes: Scottish Home Rule and the Liberal Party in the Late Nineteenth Century’

Thu 10 Nov Willem Pauw (University of Edinburgh) ‘Favour, friendship, and prejudice: The diverse experiences of Chinese students in Scotland, 1900-1950’
Thu 17 Nov  Dr Joseph Wagner (Bellarmine University)

‘Tracing an Early Scottish Critique of Colonial Slavery: William Dunlop in England, Scotland, Carolina, and Florida, c. 1678-1700’ 

In association with the Scottish History Society.  Online via Zoom, please contact the organiser for link.

Thu 1 Dec

Dr Aaron Allen and Ed Bethune (University of Edinburgh/1722 Waggonway Heritage Group)

The work journals of William Dickson, wright at Cockenzie (1717-1745), and the tercentenary of Scotland’s first railway’

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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