Professor Marjory Harper

Professor Marjory Harper

Chair in History

Professor Marjory Harper
Professor Marjory Harper

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
Crombie Annexe
Meston Walk
King's College
University of Aberdeen
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3FX
Room: 211
Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies
Humanity Manse
19 College Bounds
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3UG
Room HMA3
tel: 01224 274473

Research Interests

Professor Harper's research is primarily in the area of Scottish emigration in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly to Canada.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • HI 1012 Scotland's New Horizons, c.1690-1820
  • HI 1511 Scotland and the Modern Age: The 1820s to the Present
  • HI 3035/3535 The Highlands and Islands, 1850-1950
  • HI 3031/3531 Emigrants and Immigrants
  • HI 4015 Special Subject I: The Scot in Canada
  • HI 5011 The Scottish and Irish Diaspora
Further Info

Recent Articles

  • David Ditchburn and Marjory Harper, "Aberdeen and the Outside World" in Aberdeen before 1800: A New History (2002), pp.377-407
  • "Abraham and Isaac Ride the Range: British Images of the American West" in Journal of the West, vol. 40, no. 1, Winter 2001, pp 8-15.


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Contributions to Journals


  • Harper, M. (2017). '˜Quite destitute and … very desirous of going to North America’: The Roots and Repercussions of Emigration from Sutherland and Caithness'. Northern Scotland, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 49-67.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/nor.2017.0126
    [Online] AURA: Bettyhill_conference_paperJuly_2016.docx
  • Harper, M. (in press). 'Missing Emigrants: Gleanings from Petitions Presented under the Presumption of Life Limitation (Scotland) Acts'. Scottish Archives.
    [Online] AURA: Missing_Emigrants.pdf
  • Harper, M. (2016). 'The evolution of emigrant travel to New Zealand in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries'. Journal for Maritime Research, vol 18, no. 1, pp. 17-35.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/21533369.2016.1210922
  • Harper, M. (2014). 'A dysfunctional diaspora?: Causes of mental illness among Scottish emigrants to Canada, 1867-1914'. Neurosciences and History, vol 2, no. 1, pp. 8-14.
  • Harper, M. (2013). '"Come to Corby": a Scottish steel town in the heart of England'. Immigrants & Minorities, vol 31, no. 1, pp. 27-47.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/02619288.2012.746817
  • Harper, M. (2010). 'The persuaders: recruiting Scots for New Zealand'. History Scotland, vol 10, no. 4, pp. 15.
  • Harper, M. & Hunter, J. (2010). 'Introduction to new series'. Northern Scotland, vol 1, no. 1, pp. 1-2.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/nor.2010.0001
    [Online] AURA: Northern_Scotland_introduction.pdf
  • Harper, M-AD & Evans, NJ. (2006). 'Socio-economic Dislocation and Inter-war Emigration to Canada and the United States: a Scottish Snapshot'. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol 34, no. 4, pp. 529-552.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/03086530600991456
  • Harper, M-AD (2004). ''Personal Contact is Worth a Ton of Text-Books': Educational Tours of the Empire, 1926-39'. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol 32, no. 3, pp. 48-76.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/0308653042000279669
  • Harper, M-AD (2004). 'Enticing the Emigrant: Canadian agents in Ireland and Scotland, c.1870-1920'. Scottish Historical Review, vol 83, pp. 41-58.
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