Alastair Learmont (BA, MSc (T), MSc (R), FSA (Scot))


Alastair Learmont is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. Alastair graduated in Classics from the University of Bristol in 1986 and was called to the Scottish Bar in 1993. For many years he worked as a criminal prosecutor. In 2014, he graduated MSc (with Distinction) in 18th Century Cultures, and in 2016,  MSc (by research) in Economic History, both from the University of Edinburgh. He has considerable experience as an adult educator with the City of Edinburgh Council, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Outlook Project and the University of Edinburgh' s COL. An experienced walking guide regularly, he regularly leads walks of cultural and historical interest in Edinburgh and the Borders.  Recent topics have included John Buchan, Sam Bough, Robert Louis Stevenson and the elder Allan Ramsay. Since beginning his PhD in 2016, he has tutored undergraduates in Economic History and the History of Edinburgh. graduates in Latin, and adults in Scotland and Slavery.  He  holds an ESRC ( 1+3) research studentship and a MacFarlane Scholarship at the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies. Alastair is currently undertaking doctoral research into the Scottish West Indian Planter Class at the time of the British Abolition of the Slave Trade Supervisors: Professor Diana Paton and Dr Esther Mijers.


BA, MSc (T), MSc (R), DLP.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member of Faculty of Advocates 1993; Legal Adviser and Trustee, British Flute Society 2007-2015; Chairman and Trustee Variations ( a chamber music charity) 2012-2016; Trustee SkatePAL 2014 -2017;  Economic History Society, Student Ambassador at the University of Edinburgh; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2017.

Undergraduate teaching

2018:  Global Connections

Research summary

Scotland and Slavery at the Time of Aboltion of the British Slave Trade.

Knowledge exchange

Adult education work with National Galleries of Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, the City of Edinbugh Council and the Outlook Project.

Affiliated research centres