Gary Hutchison (MA (Hons), MSc)

PhD Student – History

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology

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William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

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I began my doctoral studies in 2014, supervised by Dr Gordon Pentland and Professor Ewen Cameron, with the aid of a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities.  A native of Perth, I moved to Edinburgh in 2008, completing an MA in History and Politics, followed by an MSc in History.  


2013–2014: MSc in History, University of Edinburgh:  Distinction.

2008–2012: MA (Hons) in History & Politics, University of Edinburgh:  First Class Honours.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member, Royal Historical Society

Member, Scottish History Society

Member, University of Edinburgh Political History Research Group

Member, Conservative History Group

Undergraduate teaching

Tutor, Modern Scottish History (SCHI08011), 2015

Tutor, Scottish History since 1914 (SCHI08012), 2016

Research summary

My thesis focuses on the structure, activities, and ideology of the Scottish Conservative party, from its origins in 1832, up to 1868.  I am particularly interested in the organisational structure of the party, and how this affects, and is affected by, the prevailing political culture in which it operates.  I also look at the developing ideological character of the party, how this affects the course of Scottish history in that period, and how this contributes to the evolution of mainstream British conservatism.  

More broadly, I am interested in the political culture of mid-nineteenth century Scotland and the wider United Kingdom, including areas such as electoral violence and evolving election rituals.  I have also undertaken research on radicalism in the early nineteenth century, and am interested in parliamentary scandals and the process of impeachment.  

2017: Forthcoming, ‘The Manager in Distress’: Reaction to the Impeachment of Henry Dundas, 1805–1807’, Parliamentary History.

Apr 2016: Book Review, Politics Personified: Portraiture, caricature and visual culture in Britain, c.1830–80, by Henry Miller, Scottish Historical Review, 95(1), pp. 135–137.

18 April 2016: ‘Scottish Conservatives after 1832: Party-Political Activity between Elections’, Elections Workshop, University of Edinburgh.  

2 April 2016: ‘Influence, Deference, and Vote-Making in Scottish Political Culture, 1832-1868’, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, Huntington Library, Pasadena (USA).    

25 Feb 2016: ‘The Scottish Political and Literary Origins of Disraeli’s Young England Movement’, Nineteenth-Century Research Seminar, Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, Edinburgh. 

5 May 2015: ‘Grammars of Electoral Violence:  Roxburghshire Politics and the Scottish Dimension, 1832-1847’.  Work in Progress Seminar, University of Edinburgh.

24 Mar 2015: ‘Electoral Violence:  Roxburghshire Politics and the Scottish Dimension, 1832-1841’, Politics Before Democracy conference, University of East Anglia.