Ongoing Research

Alison Mayne: Bursary Winner Report – Textile Treasures in the Hope MacDougall Collection, Dunollie

I was delighted and surprised to be awarded one of two Women’s History Scotland Research Bursaries for 2019.  It meant that a ‘pipe dream’ plan to spend time absorbed in the archives at Dunollie Castle and Museum could be realised.  I had intended and expected a small scale study of some of the knitted textiles and knitting …

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Kate Mathis: Bursary Winner Report – Medieval Gaelic literature in the Scottish Celtic Revival

Medieval Gaelic literature in the Scottish Celtic Revival: The case of Deirdre in the work of Alice C. Macdonell Written, with gratitude, for receipt of a Women’s History Scotland Bursary 2018, which enabled presentation of the following research at the Sixth International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI The period …

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Mairi Hamilton: Bursary Winner Report – ‘Everyday Matters: Writing Obscure Lives’

I cannot overstate how happy I was to receive a research bursary from Women’s History Scotland in April 2018. On the train to @OxLifeWriting’s Everyday Matters conference courtesy of @WomensHistScot research bursary. Choo choo! #excitingtimes — Mairi Hamilton (@MairiAntoinette) May 4, 2018   I used the bursary to cover the costs of delivering a paper …

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Caroline Douglas: Bursary Winner Report – ‘Wipe ma haunds’

 “to wipe ma haunds” – and she made a graceful gesture over her shoulder with a fine pair, full in the palm and slender in the fingers – perfect pictures. ELIZABETH RIGBY MEETING ‘FISHWIFE’ JEANIE WILSON In 1843, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson formed one of the world’s first photographic studios, ‘Rock House’, in …

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The Suffrage Oak: Marking 100 Years of Women ‘Living and Growing’ into the Body Politic

Suffrage Oak, 2015, before storm damage, © Glasgow Women’s Library One hundred years ago today, Louisa Innes Lumsden (1840-1935) proclaimed: ‘the vote was the door to everything and the door was open’. [1] On 20th April 1918, in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park, Louisa Lumsden was ‘honoured’ to plant an oak tree to commemorate and celebrate the passing of …

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The ‘Extraordinary Slander Case’ – Dundee, 1892

I’m sure anyone reading this who has followed the news over the past few weeks will be neither shocked nor surprised at the latest revelations of how patriarchal power has enabled men to sexually harass and assault women. We all know that such behaviour doesn’t just happen in Hollywood, the acting, entertainment professions or in …

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Finding Margaret Morice

Dr Deborah Simonton, University of Southern Denmark This blog post first featured on the North American Conference on British Studies website on 10 April 2015 – http://www.nacbs.org/blog/finding-margaret-morice/ Detail from:  Milne, Alexander, fl. 1789-1818, ‘A plan of the City of Aberdeen with all the inclosures surrounding the town to the adjacent country, from a survey taken 1789’, http://maps.nls.uk/towns/rec/311. …

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The Invisible Crofter: Work, Crofting and Highland Masculinity

Dr Elizabeth Ritchie (University of the Highlands and Islands) I have a favourite set of placemats. They feature old photos of men and women engaged in crofting activities: cutting peat, winnowing corn, manuring fields. Although crofting was a marginal form of part-time agriculture forced on the people, by the mid-nineteenth century the work, and the …

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