Ashlyn Cudney

Thesis title: Social Control and Disciplinary Bias: Bute, 1648-1702


MLitt Early Modern History- University of St Andrews (2018-2019)

  • Dissertation Title: 'Women's Religious Offences in the Dunfermline Kirk Session Records, 1640-1689'

BA- DePauw University (2015-2018)

  • Majors- History and Anthropology

Undergraduate teaching

Themes in Scottish History since 1560- Fall 2023

Transitions Course- Lothians Equal Access Programme, Fall 2023-Spring 2024

Early Modern History: A Connected World- Spring 2023, Spring 2024

The Historian's Toolkit- Fall 2022, Fall 2023

Legacy and Public History: Remembering Trans-Atlantic Slavery in Edinburgh- Sutton Trust, Summer 2022

The History of Edinburgh: From Din Eidyn to Festival City- Spring 2022

Introduction to Historiography- Fall 2021



Invited speaker

Scottish History Research Seminar, “Violence in Seventeenth-Century Bute: An Intersectional Approach.” 19 October 2023: Edinburgh, Scotland.

Birnam Book Festival, “Panic in Perth: Local Trials and the Survey of Scottish Witchcraft.” 21 October 2023: Birnam, Scotland.

VOiCE Podcast, “We’ve Got History Between Us.” June 2022. 

Friends of Edinburgh University Library, “University Histories: Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review.” 5 April 2022: Edinburgh, Scotland.

Friends of Dundonald Castle, "Fairies, Farm and Family: Witchcraft in 17th century Dundonald." 21 October 2021: Dundonald, Scotland.


University of Edinburgh History PhD Conference, 17 May 2022: Edinburgh, Scotland.

Papers delivered

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, "Gender Bias in the Reformed Church of Scotland." 27-30 October 2022: Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ecclesiastical History Society Summer Conference, "Gender Double-Standards in the Reformed Church of Scotland." 19-21 July 2022: York, England.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies Festival, "Establishing Paternity in Seventeenth-Century Scotland: A Case Study of Rothesay, 1660." 17-18 June 2022: Kent, England.

Newcastle University's 19th Annual Postgraduate Forum Conference, "'Discreetly and meekly': Socioeconomic Status and the Lived Experience of Religious Social Control in Seventeenth-Century Bute." 25 May 2022: Newcastle, England. 

University of Edinburgh History PhD Conference, "Social Control and Disciplinary Bias: a Multi-Court Approach to Bute, 1648-1700." 17 May 2022: Edinburgh, Scotland.

Scottish Church History Society Spring Conference, "'Winn him with mildness': Marital Reconciliation in the Seventeenth-Century Kirk Session." 12 March 2022: Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Assault in the Margins: Gendered Violence in Seventeenth-Century Bute.” In Deviance and Marginality in Early Modern Scotland, edited by Alan Kennedy. Martlesham: Boydell & Brewer. (Forthcoming)

“Establishing Paternity in 17th-Century Scotland: A Case Study of Rothesay, 1660.” History Scotland, Sep/Oct, 2022.