ISHR Seminar – Dr Valerie Wallace

The next ISHR seminar will be on Thursday 10 November, when Dr Valerie Wallace of Victoria University of Wellington will present: ‘The Scottish Disruption and the politics of colonial Auckland.’

Dr Valerie Wallace is the ISHR Visiting Research Fellow for 2016-17. A graduate of Glasgow University, she has taught at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, since 2012. Her current book project, entitled Empire of Dissent: Scottish Presbyterianism and Reform Politics in the British World, 1820-1850, aims to transform our understanding of colonial radicalism by documenting the explosive but uncharted influence of Scottish Presbyterian political ideas.

Dr Valerie Wallace

Dr Valerie Wallace

Her paper considers for the first time the forgotten works of Samuel Mcdonald Martin (1805?-1848). Martin was a troublesome migrant from the Isle of Skye and a thorn in the sides of successive governors in colonial Auckland. Valerie’s paper contends that Martin’s religious ideas underpinned his critique of crown colony government.


The seminar will be held in the New Seminar Room, St John’s House, 71 South Street, St Andrews at 5.30pm. Drinks and nibbles will be served from 5.15pm.