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University of the Highlands and Islands
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Scottish Highlands, popular religion, emigration, agriculture, education, family
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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.

Magazine Articles

  • ‘”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).

Opinion Pieces

‘Wild Land: Alternative insights into Scotland’s unpeopled places’, Community Land Scotland

Online Writing

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.

Guest blogger

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, British Isles, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
4, 5
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Environment, Family, Gender, Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration, Religion, Rural & Agrarian History, Women