18th Century Studies

About Us

About Us

 

The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at Stirling was founded in 2017. We are an interdisciplinary community of Eighteenth Century scholars with diverse interests across the Long Eighteenth Century. Our aim is to promote research, publication and education in eighteenth-century studies, especially across the disciplinary boundaries of Literature and History.

Our Work

Our Work

 

The Eighteenth-Century Writing Group

We have been meeting since 2014. The Eighteenth-Century Writing Group was founded to give us all the opportunity to discuss any work in progress, from first drafts to completed articles. We meet once a month and the Writing Group functions as a group of critical friends who can provide informal peer review on all aspects of our writing.

Previous topics discussed include:

Sheena Bedborough: 'Scottish MPs at Westminster, 1750-1780 - the introduction and conclusion to a nearly finished PhD'

Nicola Martin: Literature review for her doctoral project on the British army in the Scottish Highlands and the American colonies in the eighteenth century

Fiona Duncan: Revising and refining a drafted piece of writing

Katie Halsey: Early stages of a grant application

Colin Nicolson: Writing Biography

Katie Halsey: ‘Jane Austen and the Picturesque’

Fiona Duncan: Discussion of summary of PhD on Tory identity and ideology, c. 1760-1832 in preparation for viva

Nicola Martin: 'Army, Assimilation and Empire: the ’45 and British imperialism in North America.'

Jamie Macpherson: 'John Adams and Eighteenth Century Friendship'

Maxine Branagh: 'From the Classic to the Vernacular: Languages of Childhood Reading and Education at the Royal High School of Edinburgh in the Long Eighteenth Century'

Jill Dye: Beginning the PhD – Early stages of writing a PhD on Innerpeffray Library

James McKean: Thesis proposal: how Gothic ideology in literature and art has come to shape the perception of ruins on the landscape in Britain

Kelsey Jackson Williams: 'The First Scottish Enlightenment'

Emma Macleod: ‘Mr Dundas will find strong precedents in the Case’: Border crossings in the English and Scottish state trials, 1793-1794'

Simon Quinn (PhD student, University of York), 'The British military in the Levantine environment: Representations of landscape, climate and disease, 1798-1801'

Nicola Martin: Writing a postdoctoral research grant application

 

Current Research Projects

 

Katie Halsey and Jill Dye: Innerpeffray Library: Books and Borrowers 1747-1968

Innerpeffray Library (located in rural Perthshire) is Scotland’s oldest public lending library, established in 1680 by David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie. Books from the library were made available to the local community from at least 1747 (although this may have been as early as 1680) to 1968. Starting from Lord Madertie’s private collection of 400 books, the collection grew through the generations to encompass works of divinity and theology, law, science and natural history, geography and travel, domestic economy and conduct books, periodicals and journals, and, in later years, fiction. Borrowers came from a wide variety of social backgrounds, from local laird to shepherd and schoolchild. In conjunction with the school, also set up by Lord Madertie, the library functioned as part of an important Scottish Enlightenment project described in Lord Madertie’s will as being “for the improvement and education of the population particularly the young students.” The library was also, and continues to be, a site for local, national and international visitors, with Visitors’ Books dating from 1859 to the present day.

The library owns manuscript ledgers, containing borrowers’ records from 1747 to 1968. These records are unusually full, containing not only details and dates of the books borrowed and returned, but also, in the majority of cases, information about the name, address and occupation and / or social status of the borrowers. These rich records therefore allow for analysis of the reading (or at least borrowing) habits of a cross-section of the local population, including many labouring-class readers and borrowers for whom (as Rose 2001 points out) evidence is not usually available in the historical record.

The manuscript borrowers’ ledgers of Innerpeffray Library hence provide the starting ground for an investigation into many different areas. From the bare bones of the information contained in the ledgers – the date, the borrower’s name, his/her occupation and address, and the books he/she borrowed – this project will reconstruct the role played by an institution of this sort in the life of its community and the wider world. The long historical range of the ledgers (1747 to 1968) provides a rare opportunity to chart the interactions between borrowers and books over a period of more than two hundred years, while the existence of relatively extensive records of other kinds (Census, Estate, Church) offers the opportunity to link a number of different sources of information together in order to provide the fullest possible picture of the life of this region.

In particular, the project seeks to answer the following broad research questions:

  • What do the borrowers’ registers of Innerpeffray Library contribute to our knowledge of the history of books and reading?
  • What can Innerpeffray Library tell us about the shifts or continuities in the reading behaviour of communities and individuals over time?
  • How can we map the effects of book borrowing/ reading on the practice of individuals (environmental history), or on their social mobility (social/cultural history), or geographical mobility?
  • What role did rural libraries play in disseminating knowledge?
  • How typical is Innerpeffray? (through comparative analysis of other Scottish/English/Welsh libraries)
  • How does the local relate to the national and international?

See Jill’s Blog post about beginning work on this project here:

https://dundeescottishculture.org/c21/beginning-books-and-their-borrowers-at-innerpeffray-library/

 

Jill Dye: Leighton Library Borrowers

This project aims to highlight the continuing history of the Leighton library and its place at the heart of Dunblane life in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Originally intended for “poor clergy” of Dunblane, in 1734 its trustees opened use of the library to anyone able to pay a yearly subscription. This project explores the library lives of those users, using local and family history sources in conjunction with the records of their borrowings from the Leighton Library through archives held at the University of Stirling.

Read Jill’s Blog about this project here: http://archives.wordpress.stir.ac.uk/2017/03/

 

Peter Lindfield: Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship: Antiquarian by Design: Fakery and the Material Object in Britain 1720–1824

Notions of heritage — historic artefacts, collections and architectural structures — are governed by assumptions of authenticity. Yet this sense of the ‘past in the present’ is not, and arguably never has been, immune to practices of forgery. This research project examines the urge to produce faked historic artefacts — literature, buildings and interiors — across British arts in both popular and antiquarian circles (1720–1824). Enriching current understandings of literary forgery in the Georgian period by situating them within a broader culture of antiquarian and design-based practice, this interdisciplinary project reveals counterfeiting’s importance to the construction of Britain’s national heritage.

 

Colin Nicolson: The Papers of Francis Bernard, Governor of Colonial Massachusetts

This is a multi-volume historical documentary edition, now freely available online: Papers of Francis Bernard, Governor of Colonial Massachusetts (now freely available online)

 

Colin Nicolson: Imaginary Friendship in the American Revolution: John Adams and Jonathan Sewall

This is a microhistory of friendship, due for publication in 2018.

Imaginary Friendship in the American Revolution: John Adams and Jonathan Sewall

 

Emma Macleod: The State Trials of the 1790s

This project compares the state trials of the 1790s in Scotland, England, Ireland, Canada and America, from the perspective of the state in the age of Enlightenment.

 

Emma Macleod: Edition of the Correspondence of James Wodrow and Samuel Kenrick

This is a collaboration with Dr Anthony Page (University of Tasmania) and Dr Martin Fitzpatrick (University of Aberystwyth) to publish an edition for Oxford University Press of the substantial correspondence (1750-1810) between the Ayrshire Church of Scotland minister, James Wodrow, and the Midlands merchant, Samuel Kenrick, held at the Dr Williams Library in London.

 

Kelsey Jackson Williams: The First Scottish Enlightenment

I am currently writing a book, provisionally titled The First Scottish Enlightenment: Rebels, Priests, and History, which makes a simple but – I hope – radical argument: there was an Early Enlightenment in Scotland from the 1680s through the 1740s and it was very different from the intellectual movement we now call the Scottish Enlightenment.  The one was urban, this was rural.  The one was centred on Edinburgh, this was centred on the north-east of Scotland.  The one was moderate and Presbyterian, this was Jacobite, Episcopalian, and Catholic.  The one was middle class, this was aristocratic.  The one was concerned with the “sciences of man”, this was concerned with the past and its relationship to the present.

My research has suggested that this half-century of “antiquarian enlightenment” was far more vigorous and widespread than anybody has previously suspected as well as being deeply intertwined with contemporary developments in France, Italy, and the Low Countries.  Yet it seems to have almost completely dropped out of view quite soon afterwards.  The story I’m hoping to tell, then, is two fold: first, what was this intellectual culture?  How did it work?  Who participated in it?  What did it achieve?  And second, why was it forgotten?

For regular updates on the progress of the project, see my blog.

 

 

Useful Links

 

Dr Williams Library: http://www.dwl.ac.uk/

Innerpeffray Library: http://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/

Leighton Library:  https://leightonborrowers.com/

Scottish Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities:

The International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS): https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/gscw030?owa_no_site=304

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS): https://www.bsecs.org.uk/

The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS): https://asecs.press.jhu.edu/

The British Society for Romantic Studies (BARS): http://www.bars.ac.uk/

The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR): http://www.nassr.ca/

The Scottish History Network: https://scottishhistorynetwork.wordpress.com/

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP): http://www.sharpweb.org/main/

The Reading Experience Database 1450-1945: http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/RED/

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland, 1791-1845: http://stataccscot.edina.ac.uk/static/statacc/dist/home

Yale Boswell Editions: http://boswelleditions.yale.edu/project

The Year’s Work in English Studies: https://academic.oup.com/ywes

People

People

 

Katie Halsey (Founder and Co-Director)

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Stirling, having previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge, St Andrews and London. My research and teaching interests lie in the long eighteenth century, with a particular focus on Jane Austen and the history of reading. My publications include Jane Austen and her Readers, 1786-1945 (http://www.anthempress.com/jane-austen-and-her-readers-1786-1945-hb), Shakespeare and Authority: Citations, Conceptions and Constructions (http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137578525), The History of Reading (https://www.routledge.com/The-History-of-Reading/Towheed-Crone-Halsey/p/book/9780415484213), The History of Reading: Evidence from the British Isles c. 1750-1950 (http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230247550) and The Concept and Practice of Conversation in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1688-1840 (http://www.cambridgescholars.com/download/sample/60734)

I am the Associate Editor of the Year’s Work in English Studies (https://academic.oup.com/ywes) with responsibility for the Eighteenth-Century and Romantic-Period chapters, and I sit on the management board of the AHRC-funded Reading Experience Database 1450-1945 (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/). I am a member of the following AHRC-funded networks: Institutions of Literature (http://institutionsofliterature.net/); Community Libraries in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850 (https://communitylibraries.net/) and the Digital Reading network (http://www.digitalreadingnetwork.com/).

I currently supervise seven PhD students, and am always keen to hear from future students who would like to work on the literature and culture of the eighteenth-century, Jane Austen, the history of reading, or print culture in the period more broadly.

For more information, see:

http://www.stir.ac.uk/people/11766

https://stir.academia.edu/KatieHalsey

 

Emma Macleod (Founder and Co-Director)

After completing both undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, I taught in the History Department there (1994-6) before joining the University of Stirling in 1996, where I teach eighteenth-century British political history (Parliamentary and popular) and the history of gender in Britain (c.1750-1930). I am a member of the editorial board of the online Statistical Accounts of Scotland.

 

My research interests lie mainly in later eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British political history, particularly British attitudes to international events such as the American and French Revolutions. My publications include A War of Ideas? British Attitudes towards the French Revolutionary Wars, 1792-1802 (1998), and British Visions of America, 1775-1820: Republican Realities (2013).

I am currently engaged in two major research projects. The first compares the state trials of the 1790s in Scotland, England, Ireland, Canada and America, from the perspective of the state in the age of Enlightenment. The second is a collaboration with Dr Anthony Page (University of Tasmania) and Dr Martin Fitzpatrick (University of Aberystwyth) to publish an edition for Oxford University Press of the substantial correspondence (1750-1810) between the Ayrshire Church of Scotland minister, James Wodrow, and the Midlands merchant, Samuel Kenrick, held at the Dr Williams Library in London.

 

I have supervised four PhD theses on eighteenth-century British politics to successful completion, and welcome enquiries from potential future students.

 

For more details, see:

https://www.stir.ac.uk/people/11023

https://stir.academia.edu/EmmaMacleod

 

Colin Nicolson (Co-Director)

I am a leading expert on the history of the American Revolution, and my work focuses on the origins of the Revolution in colonial Boston and the Imperial Crisis of 1765-1776. I am currently editing the multi-volume historical documentary edition Papers of Francis Bernard, Governor of Colonial Massachusetts (now freely available online) and co-authoring Imaginary Friendship in the American Revolution: John Adams and Jonathan Sewall (a microhistory of friendship, due for publication in 2018). I presently supervise six PhD researchers working on slave literacy and fugitivity, John Adams, friendship in colonial America, Massachusetts privateers, and British responses to militarization in Scotland and America during the mid- to late-eighteenth century.

For more information see:

http://www.stir.ac.uk/people/11398

 

Julian Bates

My MRes dissertation is on the 'Commercialization of Legislation: Power and Politics between the East India Company and the Parliaments of Britain, 1770 - 1795'. This work looks at establishing a correlation between the success of the East India Company abroad and the Company's domestic influence on our Parliament. Examining the various relationships/ interests, both family and monetary between senior East India personnel and members of both Parliament and the various Governments throughout the 25 year time period. 

I also currently work for the Royal Museum's Greenwich (National Maritime Museum) curatorial department. I help manage one of our databases. The specific database I work on is dedicated to maritime memorials.

http://weblog.rmg.co.uk/memorials/

 

Maxine Branagh-Miscampbell

I am an AHRC-funded PhD student working on Scottish child readers in the long eighteenth century, supervised by Katie Halsey and Bethan Benwell. My research and teaching interests include the Long Eighteenth Century, Book History, History of Reading, Children’s Literature, History of Childhood, Scottish Enlightenment, Romanticism and I have publications forthcoming in these fields.

For more information see:

http://maxinebranagh.co.uk/

http://www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities/research/phdstudents/maxinebranagh/

Twitter: @maxinebranagh

 

Jim Caudle

I am currently a Research Associate at Oxford Brookes, having worked previously at Yale before relocating to Scotland. My research interests include James Boswell, political sermons, the history of the book and print culture of the long eighteenth century. I am also interested in the eighteenth-century theatre. I am the editor of The General Correspondence of James Boswell, 17571763, edited by David Hankins and James J. Caudle (2006) and am currently working on several articles and editing The Correspondence of James Boswell and Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo with Richard B. Sher.

For more information see: https://oxfordbrookes.academia.edu/JamesCaudle

 

Jill Dye

My PhD project is jointly supervised by Dr Katie Halsey (University of Stirling) and Dr Daniel Cook (University of Dundee) with an external partner, Innerpeffray Library. Innerpeffray is the oldest free lending library in Scotland. My project focuses on the role of the library within the local community in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

For more information see: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jill-dye-6961b647

Twitter: @jilld17

 

Paul Gardiner

I am studying for the MRes in Historical Research. The provisional title of my dissertation is 'Contemporary opinion and military discipline during the wars against France, 1793-1815'.

 

Craig Hanlon

I graduated from the University of Stirling in 2006 with a B.A. (Hons) in History and while working as a civil servant I returned in 2011 to undertake the Masters of Research in Historical Research programme. I completed my dissertation ‘The Legal Friendships of John Adams c.1758 – 1777’ in 2013. Following on from my MRes work I started the part-time PhD programme in 2014 to undertake a full-scale study of John Adams’s legal career.

 

My research interests include John Adams, law in colonial and revolutionary America, pre-revolutionary Massachusetts, and the American Revolutionary era.

 

For more information, see: http://www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities/research/phdstudents/craighanlon/

 

Kelsey Jackson Williams

I am Lecturer in Literature and Material Culture at the University of Stirling and my research interests sit at the awkward intersection of cultural history, book history, and epigraphy, mostly but not entirely in the long eighteenth century.  My first monograph, The Antiquary: John Aubrey’s Historical Scholarship (OUP, 2016) was nominated for the Modern Language Association First Book Prize in 2017 and my second, The First Scottish Enlightenment: Rebels, Priest, and History, is forthcoming from OUP in the hopefully not-too-distant future.  When not teaching or writing, I can usually be found piloting the Pathfoot Press, Stirling’s thriving new centre for letterpress and book art.  For more information see my website at https://kelseyjacksonwilliams.com/

 

Fanny Lacôte

I am currently working toward a PhD in Literature and Languages at the University of Stirling and at the Université de Lorraine (France) under the supervision of Katie Halsey, Kelsey Jackson Williams and Prof. Catriona Seth.

 

My first degree was in Libraries and Publishing-related professions at the D.U.T., Institute of Technology. I have since completed a B.A. and an M.A. in French Literature and Language at the Université de Lorraine in France.

 

My research interests include:

Comparative Literature

Gothic Studies

Literature and Visual Arts

Translation Studies

Cultural Studies

Thematic Studies

Literature and Intertextuality

For more information see:  https://univ-lorraine.academia.edu/FannyLac%C3%B4te

 

Peter Lindfield

I am an architectural- and design history specialising in the Georgian period, the Gothic Revival, heraldry and antiquarianism. Currently I am a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Stirling. My three-year project, 'Antiquarian by Design: Fakery and the Material Object in Britain 1720–1824', examines the role of fakery and forgery across the arts in Georgian Britain. In 2015–16 I was an AHRC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stirling working on ruins and their influence upon Georgian culture and literature. My research centres upon Georgian design history — architecture, interiors, furniture — antiquarianism and heraldry.

For more information see:

https://www.stir.ac.uk/people/29758

 

Jamie Macpherson

My research, supervised by Colin Nicolson, focuses on the political friendships of John Adams, second president (1797-1801) and Founding Father, a man who Joseph Ellis called “the most self-revealed, instinctively candid, gloriously fallible, wholly honest member of that remarkable, “band of brothers”.

Friendship is a powerful bond, an elemental human relationship, which Adams called “one of the distinguishing glories of man”. His reflections provide us with intimate portraits of life, politics and power in early American history. Following Aristotle and Derrida, this study considers friendship an inherently political friendship. The Enlightenment changed understandings of such relationships, they became – in neo-aristotelean terms – vital to securing the unity of the polis. Such bonds centred on: virtue, trust, and self sacrifice and replaced the monarchical ties: defence, patronage, and hierarchy. Friendship was therefore, a force for securing the liberty of America, to engender affection and virtue among her citizens and ultimately, to safeguard Republicanism.

It is a challenging study, which engages with classical, medieval, Enlightenment and modern philosophy as well as political theory and sociology.

Drawing on the works of Barker-Benfield, Goober, Good and Leibiger, it will examine this powerful bond through the epistolary medium, and chart the relative intimacies and political engagement.

Those to be studied include: Abigail Adams, Richard Cranch, Elbridge Gerry, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush and James and Mercy Warren. This thesis will examine the nature of these relationships, and in so doing, hope to reveal the mutability of friendship and politics in the age of Enlightenment.

Currently, I am employed as a research assistant on The Bernard Papers.

Previously, I have studied at the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh.

See: https://www.stir.ac.uk/people/31562

 

Nicola Martin

I am a final year PhD student at the University of Stirling, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and co-supervised by Dr Colin Nicolson (Stirling) and Dr Matthew Ward (Dundee). I completed my BA and MSc in History at the University of Strathclyde, studying Jacobitism and British imperial policy under Prof Allan Macinnes and Dr John Young. I began my PhD at the University of Stirling in 2014 and am currently working on a dissertation entitled ‘The Cultural Paradigms of British Imperialism in the Militarisation of Scotland and North America, 1745-75’. The focus of my research is on the effect of warfare and the pacification of hostile peoples in both Scotland and North America on British imperialism in the years preceding the American Revolution. Particularly, I am interested in the encounters, experiences and interactions of the British army in both places and how these interactions affected imperial attitudes. My research interests include eighteenth-century British imperialism, Scottish history and early American history.

As well as being part of the centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Stirling I am a founding member of the Scottish History Network, an organisation that aims to foster communication and collaboration in the field of Scottish history. I am also the Postgraduate Secretary for the Scottish Association for the Study of America (SASA) and organised the 2016 conference for the organisation at the University of Stirling. I have written various blogs about my research for the Scottish History Network, the University of Stirling’s Centre for Scottish Studies, and the Junto Blog on Early American History. You can follow me on Twitter and find out more about my research here.

 

James McKean

My research looks at how Gothic Ideology, in literature and art, has come to shape the perception of ruins on the landscape in Britain. Studying the process of the Reformation in sixteenth-century England, and how this event was used in the eighteenth-century to spread anti-Catholic ideology. This will tie into studying the progression of antiquarianism from the sixteenth to the eighteenth-century. I also have a keen interest in ruins of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries found in edgelands, wildscapes and industrial ruins.

For more information see: https://www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities/research/phdstudents/jamesmckean/ 

 

Jennifer Robertson

I am a part-time PhD student, supervised by Dr Katie Halsey at Stirling and Dr Elspeth Jajdelska at the University of Strathclyde. My project is in its early stages, but the broad topic is Jane Austen and perception.

 

Mhairi Rutherford

I am an AHRC-funded PhD student. My project is supervised by Kelsey Jackson Williams (Stirling) and Caroline Brown (Dundee). I work on the intellectual development of the Scottish Episcopal Church during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through an in-depth investigation of the libraries of the Diocese of Brechin (now at the University of Dundee) and Alexander Jolly, Bishop of Moray (now at the National Library of Scotland). 

 

Lauri Sim

I graduated from the University of Stirling in 2017 with a BA (Hons) in History and English, and will start the MRes (Humanities) in 2018, supervised by Katie Halsey and Emma Macleod. My project will be on the print culture of the long eighteenth century, with a particular focus on Defoe as a pamphleteer. My research interests are in print culture, in particular satirical imagery, British Politics, the formation of British National identity and the role of women in society. 

Shaun Wallace

My Economic and Social Research Council-funded PhD project was entitled ‘Slave Fugitivity and Literacy in Georgia and Maryland, 1790-1810’ (2013 - submitted August/September 2017). The project constructed a prosopography of fugitive slaves in both Georgia and Maryland using slave runaway advertisements, a common feature of eighteenth and nineteenth century American newspapers. It examined advertisements with emphasis on establishing how reading and writing influenced slaves’ decision making to abscond and how literacy aided their attempts to remain at large. An electronic database—the Fugitive Slave Database (FSdb)— was constructed for the project and contains information for 2,350 slaves, 5,567 advertisements, and over 9,000 records harvested from over two decades of newspaper issues. It is intended that the database will be made publicly accessible in due course and will form the basis of a post-doctoral project. Prior to the PhD, I gained an MRes in Historical Research (2011-12) and a BA (Hons) in History (2007-2011).

My research interests include slavery, slave resistance, literacy (theory), race, citizenship, and education. My research has also moved into other areas more recently including print culture, digital humanities, and social network analysis. It is grounded in the long eighteenth century, particularly the early national period in the United States.

I have several publications including book reviews in the Journal of American Studies and Journal of African American History as well as an article in History Today entitled ‘Runaway Reading: How Did Literacy encourage slave rebelliousness after the American War of Independence?’ [http://www.historytoday.com/shaun-wallace/runaway-reading].

 For more on my publications, teaching, involvement with professional bodies, and funding, see the following:

Student/Staff Page: http://www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities/research/phdstudents/shaunwallace/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-wallace-058abb101/

Twitter: @Shaun_Wallace_

Events

Events

 

Eighteenth-Century Writing Group Meetings, 2017-2018

Wednesday 4 October 2017 - 1-2pm: Colin Nicolson: 'Reading Friendship: A Case Study in Decoding and Contextualising Correspondence'
Wed 1 November 2017 - at 1-2pm: Shaun Wallace: Dealing with problems of structure

Wednesday 29 November 2017 - at 2-3pm: Kelsey Jackson Williams: ‘The Origins of Line Engraving in Scotland: Tracing an Art across Borders’

Wednesday 31 January 2018 - at 12-1pm: Miranda Reading (King’s College, London): 'Old Friends and New Allies: Evangelical Networks in the Membership of the Society for the Suppression of Vice'.

Wednesday 28 February 2018 - at 12-1pm: TBC

Wednesday 28 March 2018 - 12-1pm: Nicola Martin: ‘The Cultural Paradigms of British Imperialism in the Militarisation of Scotland and North America, c. 1745-75’.

Wednesday 25 April 2018 - 12-1pm: Katie Halsey: ‘Metaphors of Reading, 1790-1830’

Wednesday 30 May 2018 - 12-1pm: Julian Bates: the 'Commercialization of Legislation: Power and Politics between the East India Company and the Parliaments of Britain, 1770 - 1795' and Paul Gardiner: 'Contemporary opinion and military discipline during the wars against France, 1793-1815'.

 

Stirling Eighteenth Century Group Writing Retreat 2018

The Stirling Eighteenth Century Group Writing Retreat 2018 will take place on Monday 23-Friday 27 July 2018. Please click on the link to download the Writing Retreat itinerary.

 

Christmas Drinks

We will be celebrating Christmas with some (metaphorical) ratafia, negus and punch on Wednesday 6th December at the Meadow Park Pub from 6pm.

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