New seminar programme available

The program for next semester’s ISHR seminar series is now available.

The line up includes a panel of ISHR PhD students presenting work in progress, plus visiting speakers presenting on a range on topics. 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.

James VI and noble power: New thoughts on an old theme

Thursday 24 November
ISHR seminar, New Seminar Room, 5.30 pm
Dr Miles Kerr-Peterson and Dr Steven Reid (University of Glasgow)
‘James VI and noble power: New thoughts on an old theme’

In advance of the publication of their new edited collection, James VI and Noble Power in Scotland, 1578-1603 (Routledge, January 2017), Dr Miles Kerr-Peterson and Dr Steven Reid will discuss their view of the debates regarding noble power in Jacobean Scotland and how these have been shaped by work on this volume, and their own current research projects.

Dr Kerr-Peterson recently completed his PhD on George Keith 4th earl Marischal (1553-1623). Where case studies into noble power in James’ reign have tended towards the notorious characters, Marischal is an example of long term quietly successful Protestant lordship. Steering a moderate course through a political swamp and forsaking a life as a courtier or governmental official, Marischal instead devoted himself to founding towns, harbours and a university. His example may be the more representative of noble power in this period.

Dr Reid is currently working on James VI’s response to and relationship with noble power during his ‘long apprenticeship’ (1578-1585), when as Julian Goodare notes there were six palace coups, five of which were successful. Dr Reid will focus in particular on the noble politics of the Ruthven Raid (August 1582-June 1583), when James was forcibly held as a prisoner by a hard-line Protestant and pro-English regime.

ISHR Seminars – Week 11

Our next event is a joint seminar with Modern History and will take place on Monday 21 November at 4:30 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine’s Lodge. Prof John MacKenzie, of the University of St Andrews, will present ‘Scottish identity and empire: from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

Later in the week, we’ll be back to our usual time slot and venue for a second seminar in Week 11. Dr Miles Kerr-Peterson and Dr Steven Reid of the University of Glasgow will present ‘James VI and noble power: New thoughts on an old theme‘ on Thursday 24 November, New Seminar Room, 5.30 pm (drinks and nibbles from 5:15).