Dr Kirsteen MacKenzie

  Dr Kirsteen MacKenzie The University of Aberdeen Divinity, History & Philosophy Dr Kirsteen MacKenzie Lecturer work +44 (0)1224 272468 pref

Room G05, Department of History School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, Crombie Annexe, Meston Walk, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3FX. 

(01224) 272468


MA (hons), PhD, FHEA

Dr Kirsteen MacKenzie

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 272468



Room G05, Department of History School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, Crombie Annexe, Meston Walk, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3FX. 

(01224) 272468



I graduated from Aberdeen with my MA (hons) in 2001 and my PhD in 2008.  I have held teaching posts at the University of Dundee, Open University and the University of Aberdeen.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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Research Interests

  • The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1651.
  • The English Commonwealth and Protectorate 1649-1660.
  • Print culture in Britain and Ireland during the seventeenth century. 
  • Jacobitism.
  • Scotland's relationship with the wider world.


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Current Research

Currently I am completing my monograph based on my PhD thesis which examines Presbyterians and the Covenants in the 1640s and 1650s.  
I am also preparing proposals for two major works on print culture for Routledge.  The first is a single authored volume on print culture during the wars of the three kingdoms and an edited volume which examines print culture in its British, Irish, European and Colonial contexts.  
I have a developing interest in Anglo-French relations and Franco-Scottish relations in addition to the impact of the Jacobite wars in Britain and Ireland.
I am also currently working on articles on the Western Isles and the Northern Isles of Scotland.

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Teaching Responsibilities

  • HI 1522 An Introduction to Scottish History.
  • HI 1523 Renaissances and Reformations.
  • HI 3540 Thinking History
  • HI 4516 Undergraduate Dissertation in History.

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Office Hours

Monday 2pm-3pm

Tuesday 1pm-2pm

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Contributions to Journals


  • MacKenzie, KM. (2013). 'The Conundrum of Marginality: Mercurius Politicus, Order and the Politics of Glencairn’s Rising'. Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, vol 6, no. 2, pp. 93-114.
    [Link] http://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/publications/issjournal.shtml
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2013). 'A Glimpse Behind the Censor: Baillie and the Covenanting Printing Press'. Notes and Queries, vol 60, no. 1, pp. 42-43.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1093/notesj/gjs263
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2013). 'The Great Fire of Glasgow'. History Scotland.
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2011). 'Restoring the Nation?: Hamiltion and the Politics of the National Covenant'. International Review of Scottish Studies, vol 36, no. 1.
    [Link] http://www.irss.uoguelph.ca/
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2009). 'The Waiting Game: Cromwellian Diplomacy, the Foreign Experience'. Cromwelliana, vol Series 2, no. No.6, pp. 95-110.

Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • MacKenzie, KM. (2013). ''Oliver Cromwell: God’s Warrior and the English Revolution By Ian Gentles, London and New York, Palgrave pp. 263 £14.19 (Paperback). 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, vol 32, no. 2, pp. 415-418.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/1750-0206.12022_5
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2012). 'Geoffrey Smith, Royalist Agents, Conspiritors and Spies: their role in the British Civil Wars 1640-1660’ Reviews in History'. Reviews in History, no. 1258.
    [Link] http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1258
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2012). 'Allan Macinnes The British Confederate: Archibald Campbell, Marquess of Argyll c.1607-1661 Edinburgh, John Donald 2011'. The Seventeenth Century, vol 27, no. 2, pp. 230-254.
    [Online] DOI: 10.7227/TSC.27.2.6
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2012). 'Bernard Capp England’s Culture Wars: Puritan Reformation and its Enemies in the Interregnum 1649-1660’'. Reviews in History.
    [Link] http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1346
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2010). 'Review of 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'. International Review of Scottish Studies, vol 35, pp. 163-165.
    [Link] http://www.irss.uoguelph.ca/issue/current
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2010). 'Northern views: a review of M. Newton, 'Warriors of the Word' (Birlinn, 2009)'. Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies.
    [Link] https://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/content-images/MacKenzieKirsteen_NorthernViews.pdf

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings


  • MacKenzie, KM. (in press). '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..
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2008). 'Oliver Cromwell and the Solemn League and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms'. in P Little (ed.), Oliver Cromwell: New Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • MacKenzie, KM. (2005). 'Loyalty to King or Covenant Retained: Presbyterians in the Three Nations and the English Commonwealth 1649-1653'. in S Alcobia-Murphy & J Archibald (eds), Beyond the Anchoring Grounds: More Cross-Currents in Irish Scottish Studies. vol. 14, Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics, vol. 14, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Non-textual Forms

Digital or Visual Products

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