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- About Me
My main research interests lie in the social and cultural history of the eighteenth and nineteenth-century Highlands, with an especial focus on religion, education, land use, and the family. I am currently investigating how Evangelicalism affected family life, community culture and masculinity. In addition, I am developing a research project on Scottish emigrant families to Canada from 1782-1850. I especially enjoy work that involves fieldtrips and collaborating with local schools, organisations and heritage groups.
- Recent Publications
‘The township, the pregnant girl and the church: community dynamics, gender and social control in early nineteenth-century Scotland’, Northern Scotland 10.1 (2019), pp. 41-67.
‘Yes after No: The Indyref Landscape, 2014-16’, Journal of British Identities 2 (Jan. 2019), pp. 1-30. [photo essay]
‘Pregnant emigrants: gender, childbirth and migrant families in rural British North America, 1818-1850’, in Alice Glaze et al, Gender and Mobility in Scotland (Guelph, 2018), pp.83-100.
‘Feeding in the forest: how Scottish settlers learned to raise livestock in the old growth forests of Upper Canada, 1814-1850’ The Agricultural History Review 65 (Spring 2017), pp. 74-93.
‘Cows, sheep and Scots: livestock and immigrant strategies in rural Upper Canada, 1814-1851’ Ontario History 109.1 (Spring 2017), pp. 1-26.
‘The people, the priests and the Protestants: Catholic responses to Evangelical missionaries in the early nineteenth-century Scottish Highlands’, Church History 85.2 (June 2016), pp. 275-301.
‘”Alive to the advantages of education”. Problems in using the New Statistical Account to research education: a case study of the Isle of Skye’, Northern Scotland (May 2016), pp. 85-92.
‘Looking for Catholics: using Protestant missionary society records to investigate nineteenth-century Highland Catholicism’, Innes Review (Spring 2014), pp. 52-75.
‘”A palmful of water for your years” babies, religion and gender identity among crofting families, 1800-1850’, in Jodi A. Campbell, Elizabeth Ewan and Heather Parker (eds), The Shaping of Scottish Identities: Family, Nation and the Worlds Beyond (Guelph, 2011), pp. 59-75.
- ‘”Most Anxious to have a Teacher”: Gaelic Schools in the Northern Highlands’ History Scotland (Jan-Feb 2016).
- ‘From Mull to Canoe Cove: The Indirect Route, Part I’, History Scotland (Jan-Feb 2014).
- ‘From Mull to Canoe Cove: The Indirect Route, Part II’, History Scotland (Mar-Apr 2014).
‘Wild Land: Alternative insights into Scotland’s unpeopled places’, Community Land Scotland http://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/find-out-more/renewal_repopulation/
Historylinksdornoch blog (2012-present) – I edit and write for a local history blog, encouraging research and writing from academics and locals about the history of Ross-shire and Sutherland.
- Women’s History Scotland ‘The “Dreadful Hard Work” of Nancy Smibert in Upper Canada’, March 2014
- EDINA Statistical Accounts of Scotland ‘The Working Lives of Ordinary Scots’ February 2015
- British Identities Hub ‘“The Re-forming of a scattered Scottishness” Part 1: The Claymore Boys’ Magazine’ June 2015
- EDINA Statistical Accounts of Scotland ‘Of Pibrochs and Preachers: Music and Folk Culture in the Old Statistical Accounts‘ September 2015
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- Country Focus
- Expertise by Geography
- Atlantic, British Isles, United Kingdom
- Expertise by Chronology
- 18th century, 19th century
- Expertise by Topic
- Children & Youth, Environment, Family, Gender, Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration, Religion, Rural & Agrarian History, Women