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
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 have a life-long hearing impairment) and the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust
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 how the two burghs sought to contain the problem, singularly and cooperatively. I’m also very much interested in early modern definitions of vagrancy, either in contemporary literature or through civic or kirk court records.
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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