Research in this area pursues the aim of a truly international history primarily through the study of Scotland and Ireland in their wider context, from the medieval to the modern and contemporary period. A major anchor for this work is the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies (RIISS).
Founded in 1999, RIISS is dedicated to the comparative study of Irish and Scottish cultures. Its areas of concentration include language, literature, history (political, economic and social), politics, philosophy and religion, and the Irish and Scottish emigrant communities around the world. RIISS is internationally recognised for its work on migration and diasporas.
- Irish and Scottish Studies in Aberdeen
As a student of Irish and/or Scottish studies at the University of Aberdeen you will have the opportunity to focus on topics ranging from medieval Scotland to the Scottish and Irish Enlightenment to Scottish politics from 1300-1600, and more. Students are supervised by experts in their respective fields, with one-on-one supervisory meetings and access to the University library resources.
We are interested in hearing from students wishing to undertake postgraduate level work in Irish and Scottish Studies at the doctoral level. Please contact one of the supervisors below if you are thinking about applying for a PhD in their subject area.
Dr Jackson Armstrong: Supervision is offered in Scottish politics and landed society c.1300–c.1600; English politics and landed society c.1350–c.1500; aspects of medieval and early modern nobility, rulership, and law; aspects of medieval and early modern borderlands and peripheries.
Dr Colin Barr: Supervision is offered in the political, social or religious history of Ireland since 1800, including the Irish global Diaspora; the history of Catholicism in Scotland since 1707; and the political history of Britain in the Victorian era.
Dr Bradford Bow: Supervision is offered in the intellectual history of eighteenth - and early nineteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment moral and natural philosophy; Scottish philosophical and literary societies; Scottish intellectual and moral culture in the age of revolution; intellectual currents of Scottish global Diaspora; the ‘First’ British Empire.
Professor Michael Brown: Supervision is offered in eighteenth-century British and Irish political identity and the development of nationalism; the Enlightenment in the British Isles; Britain and Ireland in the 1790s.
- PGR Students
Some current (and graduated) students and their projects from the University of Aberdeen include:
- Rose Luminiello, A Comparative Study of Sectarianism and Religion: Ulster and Poznania, 1890-1921
- Douglas Smith, Scottish Political Exiles in England, 1400-1500
- Lawrence Butler Perks, Understanding the content, form and purposes of Hero Myths as symbolic resources of nation and insurgency: the case of the Provisional IRA in the Northern Ireland conflict, 1969-1998
The following are some selected publications relating to Irish and Scottish Studies by staff at the University of Aberdeen:
- 'Courage, fear and the experience of the later medieval Scottish soldier'. Scottish Historical Review, vol 92, no. 2, pp. 179-206.
- MacDonald, AJ. (2000). 'The Apogee of the 'Auld Alliance' and the Limits of Policy'. Northern Scotland, vol 20, pp. 31-46.
- 'Triumph and disaster: Scottish military leadership in the Later Middle Ages', in A King & D Simpkin (eds), England and Scotland at War, c.1296-c.1513. History of Warfare, vol. 78, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, pp. 255-282.
- 'John Hardyng, Northumbrian Identity and the Scots', in CD Liddy & RH Britnell (eds), North-East England in the Later Middle Ages. Regions and Regionalism in History, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk, United Kingdom, pp. 29-42.
- Border Bloodshed: Scotland and England at War 1369-1403. Tuckwell Press, East Linton, United Kingdom.
- 'Swift, Satire and the Problem of Whig Regeneration'. Restoration Studies in English Literary Culture 1660-1700, vol 39, no. 1-2, pp. 83-99.
- 'The Biter Bitten: Ireland and the Rude Enlightenment'. Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol 45, no. 3, pp. 393-407
- Brown, MP. & Donlan, SP. (eds) (2011). The Law and Other Legalities of Ireland, 1689-1850. Ashgate, Farnham.
- Francis Hutcheson in Dublin, 1719-1730: The Crucible of his Thought. Four Courts Press, Dublin
- The Irish Enlightenment. Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA
- Oliver, J., Armstrong, J., Milek, K., Schofield, JE., Vergunst, J., Brochard, T., Gould, A. & Noble, G. (2016). 'The Bennachie Colony: A Nineteenth-Century Informal Community in Northeast Scotland'. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, vol 20, no. 2, pp. 341-377
- 'The justice ayre in the border sheriffdoms, 1493-1498'. Scottish Historical Review, vol 92, no. 1, pp. 1-37
- 'Local Society and the Defence of the English Frontier in Fifteenth-Century Scotland: The War Measures of 1482'. Florilegium, vol 25, pp. 127-149
- Moncreiffe of That Ilk, Sir, I. & Armstrong, J. (ed.) (2010). The law of succession: origins and background of the law of succession to arms and dignities in Scotland. John Donald, Edinburgh, UK.
- Seven Eggs Today: The Diaries of Mary Armstrong, 1859 and 1869. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
- Ireland's Empire: The Roman Catholic Church in the English-speaking world, 1830-1914, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)
- Paul Cullen, 1803-1878: Church, State, and Ireland's Devotional Revolution, University College Dublin Press (forthcoming)
Some helpful links for further information and resources in Irish and Scottish Studies include: