Thesis title: Vagrancy, Crime, and Poverty in Canongate & Edinburgh, 1560 – 1640
I’m originally from Gateshead in Tyne and Wear and have lived in Edinburgh for the past 15 years. As my birthday falls on 30th November and my great grandfather came from Edinburgh, it’s not surprising that I have a long-held interest in Scottish history. I am a member of the congregation of St Giles’ Cathedral and am the cathedral’s archivist, a role I am honoured to have. More importantly – above research interests or any connection to the university or cathedral – I am a husband, father, and grandfather.
MA (Hons) Scottish History (agreed 1st for dissertation)
MSc by Research, Scottish History (with distinction)
Responsibilities & affiliations
Early Career Member - Royal Historical Society
Member - Newbattle Abbey Historical Research Group
Member - St Giles' 900th Anniversary Celebration Committee
Course Tutor in - The History of Edinburgh: From Din Eidyn to Festival City (HIST08036).
I'm an urban/social historian interested in early modern Scottish history. My PhD is part funded by the Society for the Education of the Deaf (I am registered Deaf/HoH), the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, and through a research grant awarded in 2020, the Royal Historical Society
Current research interestsMy PhD research will focus on three related themes of vagrancy, poverty and crime within the conjoined burghs of Canongate and Edinburgh, from 1560 -1640.Amongst other things, I am interested in the scale of the vagrancy problem within the contiguous burghs of Edinburgh and Canongate, and the level of cooperation/conflict between the two burghs. I’m also interested in early modern definitions of vagrancy,
Past research interestsMy MSc by Research focused on the causes – both actual and perceived – and consequences of the famine of 1623, which reduced the population in some areas of Scotland by as much as 20%. This little-known famine was equally, if not more, devastating than the 1690s famine, and I hope that my MSc by Research (passed with distinction) has shed a little light on this demographic catastrophe
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