School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Scottish History Research Group

History at Edinburgh is one of the largest and most distinguished departments of its kind and is home to the oldest established Chair in Scottish History.

The Scottish History Research Group is one of the largest clusters of academic historians worldwide, working across a wide range of historical topics with a Scottish focus. The group’s members have expertise stretching from early medieval to contemporary Scotland, and specialisms from social and economic history to politics and intellectual life. 

HCA Members of the Scottish History Research Group
From top left clockwise: Steve Boardman, Esther Mijers, Alasdair Raffe, Ewen Cameron, Angela Bartie and Rick Sowerby


Seminar series

The group hosts a weekly research seminar in Scottish History, at which papers are given by visiting and local scholars, and which provides an informal setting for staff and students to meet. Visiting researchers and members of the public are welcome to attend our seminars and associate themselves with the group.

PhD students working in Scottish History are strongly encouraged to participate in the group’s activities.

Research & Postgraduate information

Our research expertise in Scottish History ranges from the early medieval period to the present day. Topics in which we specialise include the Scottish Highlands; medieval kingship; medieval sainthood; government and politics in Scotland in most periods; religious history; intellectual, educational and cultural history; history of witchcraft and popular beliefs; the rural economy; Scotland’s evolving place within the Union; and Scotland’s overseas links with Europe, America and the British Empire.

PhD students

Students with an interest in this area include:


Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh

Scholars connected with the University of Edinburgh have been interested in Scotland’s past ever since the University’s foundation in 1582.