Participant Info

First Name
Dr Kirsteen M
Last Name
Professional Historian
Website URL
Early Modern British and Irish History 1603-1746. The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660, Jacobites, Oliver Cromwell, Commonwealth and Protectorate 1649-1660.
Additional Contact Information
You can contact me via my personal webpage or message me via Twitter. My twitter handle is @KirsteenMM

Personal Info

About Me

Dr Kirsteen M MacKenzie is an academic historian who specialises in early modern British and Irish history from 1603-1788. Her areas of expertise are the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660 and the Jacobites 1688-1788.

Dr MacKenzie has published many articles on British and Irish politics, religion and diplomacy in the mid-seventeenth century. Her first major book entitled ‘The Solemn League and Covenant and the Cromwellian Union 1643-1663’ was published in 2017.

Dr MacKenzie also has a keen interest in French history particularly during the reign of Louis XIV.

Currently she is continuing to expand her horizons as a historian and is working on obtaining qualifications in French, Latin, Spanish and Scottish Gaelic.

Dr MacKenzie was has worked at the Universities of Dundee and Aberdeen. Most recently she was a Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen between 2014-2017.

Recent Publications


Kirsteen M MacKenzie, The Solemn League and Covenant and the Cromwellian Union 1643-1663 (London, 2017)


Kirsteen M MacKenzie, A contested space: demonstrative action and the politics of transitional authority in Glasgow 1650-1653. in L Dean, K Buchannan & M Penman (eds), Medieval and Early Modern Representations of Authority in Scotland, England and Ireland.. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (London, 2016).

Kirsteen M MacKenzie, ‘Oliver Cromwell and the Solemn League and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms’ in P. Little ed., ‘Oliver Cromwell: New Perspectives’ (Palgrave, 2008).

Kirsteen MacKenzie, ‘Loyalty to King or Covenant Retained: Presbyterians in the Three Nations and the English Commonwealth 1649-1653’ in Archibald J et al eds., ‘Beyond the Anchoring Grounds: More Cross-Currents in Irish Scottish Studies’ (Belfast, 2005).


Kirsteen M MacKenzie ‘The Conundrum of Marginality: Mercurius Politicus, Order and the Politics of Glencairn’s Rising’ in Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies (2013).

Kirsteen M MacKenzie, ‘The Great Fire of Glasgow’. History Scotland (2013).

Kirsteen M MacKenzie, ‘A Glimpse Behind the Censor: Baillie and the Covenanting Printing Press’. Notes and Queries (2013).

Kirsteen M MacKenzie ‘Restoring the Nation? Hamilton and the Politics of the National Covenant’ International Review of Scottish Studies 36 (2011).

Kirsteen M MacKenzie ‘The Waiting Game: Cromwellian Diplomacy, the Foreign Experience’ Cromwelliana (2009).


Kirsteen M MacKenzie. ‘Scottish History Society, Miscellany of the Scottish History Society, Volume XIV (Woodbridge, Suffolk; Boydell and Brewer, 2013. Pp. 261. Cloth ISBN 978-0-906245-35-4, £40.00)’. Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, vol 35, no. 1, (2015) pp. 124-126.

Kirsteen M MacKenzie ‘Oliver Cromwell: God’s Warrior and the English Revolution By Ian Gentles, London and New York, Palgrave pp. 263 £14.19 (Paperback).

Kirsteen M MacKenzie, Book Review ‘Selling Cromwell’s Wars: Media, Empire and Godly Warfare, 1650-1658 By Nicole Greenspan, London and Vermont, Pickering and Chatto, V pp. 247 £60.00 (Hardcover)’. Parliamentary History (2013).

Kirsteen M MacKenzie, ‘Bernard Capp England’s Culture Wars: Puritan Reformation and its Enemies in the Interregnum 1649-1660’ [Book Review] Reviews in History, Institute of Historical Research (2012).

Kirsteen M MacKenzie ‘Allan Macinnes The British Confederate: Archibald Campbell, Marquess of Argyll c.1607-1661 Edinburgh, John Donald 2011’ The Seventeenth Century 2012. [Book Review].

Kirsteen M MacKenzie ‘Geoffrey Smith, Royalist Agents, Conspiritors and Spies: their role in the British Civil Wars 1640-1660’ [Book Review] Reviews in History, Institute of Historical Research (2012).

Kirsteen M MacKenzie, Northern Views [A review of M. Newton, Warriors of the Word (Birlinn, 2009)] in JIISS 2010, published online

Kirsteen M MacKenzie, ‘William P. Kelly and John R. Young eds. Scotland and the Ulster Plantations: Explorations in the British Settlements of Stuart Ireland. Ulster and Scotland 8. Dublin; Four Courts Press, 2009’. (Book Review, in International Review of Scottish Studies, University of Guelph).

Media Coverage
I have featured on BBC Radio 4, STV and various podcasts. (New Books in History and the Outlander Podcast).
Country Focus
Britain, Ireland, Scotland
Expertise by Geography
England, Ireland
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Diplomacy, Government, Military, Rebellion & Revolution