Ben Rogers

Thesis title: Religious Comprehension and Toleration in Scotland, 1689-1712.

Year of study: 4

  • School of History, Classic, and Archaeology

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William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Edinburgh

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I moved to Edinburgh in January 2015 to start my Ph.D. in Scottish History. Prior to coming to Edinburgh I spent five years at Trinity College Dublin where I studied for my BA and M.Phil degrees. 


M.Phil in Early Modern History (Trinity College Dublin, 2014)

BA in History (Trinity College Dublin, 2013)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member, Scottish History Society

Member, The Williamite Universe

Postgraduate member, Royal Historical Society

Postgraduate member, Society for Renaissance Studies

Undergraduate teaching

British History 1

The History of Edinburgh: From Dun Eidyn to Festival City.

Research summary

I am an early modern religious and political historian. I am interested in the interaction between the Staurt Kingdoms and their national churches during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. My main rearch interest focus on the impact of the Revolution of 1688-89 on the religious landscape in Scotland. Outside of this my wider interests include the history of political thought, and how power was exercised during the early modern period.

Current research interests

My PhD research focuses on the religious landscape in Scotland after the Revolution of 1688-89. The re-establishment of Presbyterianism as the structure of the Church of Scotland was not welcomed by all. Scotland's Episcopalian ministers, having seen their government overturned and abolished during the Revolution, now felt threatened. My work investigates why the attempt to preserve the established Church by means of a comprehension of Episcopalian ministers failed, and why toleration emerged as a solution.