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. Please note that some sessions will take place in person, some via Zoom. Zoom links and passcodes will be circulated via the Scottish History seminar mailing list a few days in advance of each seminar. Please check below for room details. If you would like to attend a seminar, but are not on the mailing list, please contact the organiser ( All are welcome!

Event schedule

Semester 2 2021/22

Date Speaker Topic Location

Thu 20 Jan

Dr Esther Mijers (University of Edinburgh) ‘Beyond “diaspora”: Scots in the Early Modern Dutch Atlantic’ Online

Thu 27 Jan

Dr Naomi Lloyd-Jones (Durham University)

POSTPONED - ‘Pledges and programmes: Scottish Home Rule and the Liberal Party in the late 19th century’


Thu 10 Feb

Phoebe Cooper (University of Edinburgh)

POSTPONED - ‘Industry and conflict: Economic and political ideology in Edinburgh's Late 18th century Book Trade’

Room LG.09, 40 George Square 

Thu 3 Mar

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

Thu 10 Mar

Mara Schmueckle (University of Edinburgh) ‘Law, marriage and family in Late Medieval Scotland’ Online

Thu 17 Mar

Dr Russell Newton (Faith Mission Bible College, Edinburgh)

‘The making of a Covenanting doctor: The moderate divinity of William Guild (1586-1657)’

Room LG.08, 40 George Square

Thu 31 Mar

Joanna Richardson (University of Edinburgh)

‘Depicting the invasion of Ireland in John Barbour’s "The Bruce": Chivalry, kingship, and identity in 14th century Scotland’

Room LG.06, 40 George Square

Thu 7 Apr

Kate Wilson (University of Strathclyde)

‘Current living places and future utopias: Writing, culture and community in post-war Glasgow’

Room LG.09, 40 George Square

Semester 1 2021/22

Date Speaker Topic

Thu 30 Sept

Professor Thomas Ahnert (University of Edinburgh)

‘The Real Philosophy of Enlightenment: The Intellectual History of Scottish University Curricula in the Eighteenth Century’

Please note6:15-7:30pm

Thu 7 Oct

Dr Tanya Cheadle (University of Glasgow)

‘Sex Magic and Masculinity in Late-Victorian Northeast Scotland: Peter Davidson and the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor’

Thu 14 Oct

Dr Gordon McKelvie (University of Winchester)

‘Beyond the National Question: Popular Political Culture and Popular Protest in Late Medieval Scotland’

Thu 4 Nov

Rory Scothorne (University of Edinburgh)

‘Cosmopolitan Natives: Scotland, the New Left and the Territorial Imagination, 1956-1979’

Thu 11 Nov

Dr John McCallum (Nottingham Trent University)

‘Emotion in Reformation Scotland: The Case of James Melville (1556-1614)’

Joint meeting with the Scottish History Society

Thu 18 Nov

Dr Cathryn Spence (Guelph University, Ontario)

‘Stepfamilies in Early Modern Scotland’

Thu 25 Nov

Dr Rebecca Mason (University of Glasgow)

‘“Whenever I flee, my husband followeth”: Separated Wives in Early Modern Scotland, 1500-1700’

Thu 2 Dec Mara Schmueckle (University of Edinburgh) ‘Law, Marriage and Family in Late Medieval Scotland’ - CANCELLED

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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