ISHR welcomes Dr Clare Jackson


Dr Clare Jackson, pictured here with ISHR director Prof Roger Mason and Prof TC Smout.

We were delighted to welcome Dr Clare Jackson, of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, to St Andrews on Thursday September 29, to deliver the fourth annual TC Smout Lecture in Scottish History. Her address aimed at providing a rather different image of a Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, popularly caricatured as ‘Bluidy Mackenzie’, and a more nuanced account of his relationship with the Stuart dynasty.

Read more about the TC Smout lectures on the ISHR pages.


ISHR Welcome Reception

On September 15, the academic year for the ISHR was opened with the traditional Welcome Reception. In the Undercroft, drinks were served, and all the old and new members were gathered for friendly chats and catching up.

Aside from new MLitt and PhD students, the Institute is delighted to host two Visiting Fellows and one Visiting Scholar who will be staying here for the Martinmas semester. Valerie Wallace will be working on her new book  Empire of Dissent: Scottish Presbyterianism and Reform Politics in the British World, 1820-1850, whereas Dr Mikki Brooke will continue her project Hearing is Believing: The Social Life of Sermons in Early Modern Scotland. Similarly, Professor Steve Boardman will be carrying out research on the Early Stewart kings. Naturally, all three scholars have been invited to present papers and participate in the St Andrews community. In addition, Dr Malcolm Petrie has returned to St Andrews to take up a post as lecturer in Modern History.

The reception was a great opportunity to mingle with the other students and staff, and with an exciting programme of seminars and many new ISHR members, we all look forward to a fantastic year.

Report by Anne Rutten

Seminar program now available

The program for this semester’s ISHR seminar series is now available, with speakers covering topics as diverse as life and worship in a covenanting town and Scottish identity and empire from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Further information is available on our seminar pages.

Unless otherwise stated, meetings are held in the New Seminar Room, St John’s House, 71 South Street, St Andrews, with drinks and nibbles served from 5:15pm.

Presbyterianism and Scottish Literature

This half-day colloquium, under the auspices of the Carnegie Literature and Union project, the St Andrews Institutes of Intellectual History and Scottish Historical Research, and the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, University of Glasgow, will take place on Friday 7 October 2016, in The Senate Room, South Street, University of St Andrews (Entrance via the King James Library in St Mary’s Quad).

The event is free and open. However, for catering purposes, please register your interest with Prof. Colin Kidd on


2 pm Welcome

2.05 Dr Valerie Wallace (Victoria University, Wellington) ‘Thomas Pringle’

2.40 Gerard McKeever (University of Glasgow), ‘Circling Time: The Scottish Cotter Idyll and Social Change’

3.15 TEA in Undercroft, Mediaeval History, 71 South Street

3.30 Dr Andrew Holmes (Queen’s Belfast), ‘Poetry, politics and Presbyterianism: the Ulster Dimension’

4.10 pm Prof Gerry Carruthers (University of Glasgow), ‘Presbyterianism and the Legacy of Thomas Muir’

4.45 pm Concluding Discussion

Sir George Mackenzie and The Stuarts

Dr Clare Jackson

Dr Clare Jackson

This year’s annual TC Smout lecture will be delivered by Dr Clare Jackson, Senior Tutor, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, at the University of St Andrews, 29 September 2016, at 5:30 pm. The lecture will take place in the Arts Lecture Theatre, followed by a wine reception in the foyer.

Further information on this year’s lecture is available here.