Dr Rosalind Carr (FRHistS, FHEA)

Lecturer in Early Modern Scottish History


Affiliated research centres

Edinburgh Centre for Global History


A graduate of Monash and Glasgow universities, I have previously taught at Sheffield, East London, City, and Birkbeck. I have been a visiting fellow at the University of Sydney and postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh, and am an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.

External appointments

Editorial collective member for Gender & History 

Useful Links


Research summary


  • Australasia and the Pacific
  • Britain & Ireland
  • North America
  • Scotland


  • Comparative & Global History
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Imperialism
  • Migration
  • Politics
  • Society
  • War


  • Early Modern
  • Eighteenth Century

Research interests

With a background in women's history and specialising in the history of masculinities, I have published widely on Scottish gender history across the long eighteenth century.

I have particular expertise in gender, the 1707 Union and the Scottish Enlightenment in global contexts.

Current research activities

Taking a global approach, my current research interrogates articulations and enactments of Whiteness. Focusing on the Sydney colony estsblished on unceded Gadigal country, I examine the relationship between Enlightenment ideas and cultures of civility and settler colonial violence.

Research projects

Whiteness, Enlightenment and Violence in New South Wales, 1788-1820

Scottish ideas of the 'savage', 1650 - 1850




Gender and Enlightenment Culture in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh University Press, 2014)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

'Politeness, civility, and violence on the New South Wales ‘frontier’, 1788-ca 1816', Journal of British Studies 62 (January 2023): 1–28

‘Women, Love, and Power in Enlightenment Scotland’, Women’s History Review, 27:2 (2018), pp. 176-198 [co-authored with Katie Barclay]

‘A Polite and Enlightened London?’, The Historical Journal 59:2 (2016), pp. 623-634

‘Rewriting the Scottish Canon: the contribution of women’s and gender history to a redefinition of social classes’, Etudes écossaises 16 (2013), pp. 11-28 [co-authored with K. Barclay]

‘Female Correspondence and Early Modern Scottish Political History: A Case Study of the Anglo-Scottish Union’, Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, 37:2 (2011), pp. 39-57

‘Introduction: Gender and Generations, Women and Life-cycles’, Women’s History Review, 20:2 (2011), pp. 175-188 [co-authored with K. Barclay, R. Elliot & A. Hughes]

‘Women and Darien: Female Participation in a Scottish Attempt at Empire, c.1696-1706’, Women’s History Magazine, 61 (2009), pp. 14-20

‘The Gentleman and the Soldier: Patriotic Masculinities in Eighteenth-Century Scotland’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 28:2 (2008), pp. 102-121

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters: 

‘Loneliness and Sociability in Maritime and Colonial Space: A comparative intersectional analysis of the journals of Lt. Ralph Clark and Dr Joseph Arnold’, in K. Barclay, E. Chalus and D. Simonton (eds), The Routledge History of Loneliness (Routledge, 2023)

‘Achieving Manhood in Associational Culture: Student Societies and the Performance of Masculinity in Enlightenment Edinburgh’, in M. Wallace and J. Rendall (eds), Association and Enlightenment: Scottish Clubs and Societies, 1700-1800 (Bucknell UP, 2020), pp. 191 - 205

‘The Importance and Impossibility of Eighteenth-Century Manhood: Polite and Libertine Masculinities in the Urban Eighteenth Century’, in L. Abrams and E. Ewan (eds), Nine Centuries of Man: Manhood and Masculinities in Scottish History (Edinburgh UP, 2017), pp. 58-79

‘Women, Land and Power: A Case for Continuity’, in K. Barclay & D. Simonton (eds.) Women in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Ashgate, 2013), pp. 193-210

‘Women, Presbyterianism, Political Agency and the 1707 Union’, in J. Campbell, E. Ewan, H. Parker (eds.) Shaping Scottish Identities: Family, Nation, and the World Beyond (University of Guelph, 2011), pp. 43-58

Online and Magazine Articles: 

‘Friendship on the ‘Frontier’: Whiteness and Violence in Warrane/Sydney 1788-1800’ (October 2020) History Workshop Online: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/friendship-on-the-frontier-whiteness-and-violence-in-warrane-sydney-1788-1800/

‘The Absence and Presence of Women in the Scottish Enlightenment’ (Winter 2019) Discover: The Magazine of the National Library of Scotland 43 pp. 28-30

‘James Cook: The Voyages’ (August, 2018), Criticks Reviews: British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies: www.bsecs.org.uk/criticks-reviews/james-cook-voyages/

‘Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar’ (December 2015), Criticks Reviews: British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies: www.bsecs.org.uk/criticks-reviews/black-georgians-the-shock-of-the-familiar/

‘Marriage, Divorce and the Referendum: a brief historical reflection’, Women’s History Scotland (September 2014): http://bit.ly/1wqUWU9

‘Masculinity and Space in Enlightenment Edinburgh’, Newsletter of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, (June 2011), pp. 7-9