Dr Russell Newton

Hope Trust Post-Doctoral Fellow


I took up my role as Hope Trust Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Divinity in September 2018. I am currently undertaking research on the sermon culture in early modern Scotland.


PhD Ecclesiastical History, University of Edinburgh (2018)

MTh (Research) Ecclesiastical History, University of Edinburgh (2014)

MA (Hons) Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh (2011)

Responsibilities & affiliations


Reviews Editor, Scottish Church History (2018 - Present)

Council Member, Scottish Church History Society (2017 - Present)


Society for Reformation Studies (2018 - Present)

Scottish Church History Society (2017 - Present)

Scottish Evangelical Theology Society (2015 - Present)

Ecclesiastical History Society (2015 - Present)

Undergraduate teaching

Religion, Covenants and Revolution in Britain and Ireland, c. 1600-1660

History of Christianity as a World Religion 1A

History of Christianity as a World Religion 1B

Christianity in Formation, 100-313

Popular Religion, Women and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

Research summary

My research focuses on Reformed Protestantism in early modern Britain. I am particularly interested in theology, exegesis, and sermons in early modern Scotland.

My doctoral thesis was titled 'Godliness Unveiled: William Guild, Biblical Types, and Reformed Protestantism in Early Modern Scotland'. It examined how biblical typology was used in early modern Scotland and its significance for Reformed Protestants. The thesis focused on the Aberdonian minister and theologian, William Guild (1586 - 1657), who published one of the most significant handbooks to biblical types during the early modern period. I am now in the process of writing a more wide-ranging intellectual biography of Guild, which is under contract with Edinburgh University Press.

My current research project is on the sermon culture of early modern Scotland, which draws heavily on archival material held in the New College library.

I am also co-editing a volume on The Clergy in Early Modern Scotland with Dr Chris R. Langley and Dr Catherine McMillan. 

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