Documentary History of Women in 19th Century Scotland

(Editors: Esther Breitenbach, Linda Fleming, Karly Kehoe, Lesley Orr)

A companion volume to the biographical dictionary, also published by Edinburgh University Press, this is the first sourcebook on Scottish women in the period 1780-1914. Drawing on a wide range of source materials from across Scotland, the book provides new insights into women’s lives.

 Thematic chapters cover: bodies and health; the home and domestic life: work and working conditions; crime and immorality; religion; politics and protest; and experiences of empire.


Two previous major publication projects collaboratively undertaken by WHS members are:

The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women

(Editors: Elizabeth Ewan, Sue Innes, Sian Reynolds. Co-ordinating editor: Rose Pipes)

The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (cover)

Published in hardback by Edinburgh University Press, March 2006; and in paperback in June 2007.

This 448-page dictionary contains entries on 830 women (from earliest times to the end of 2004), written by a team of 280 scholars. Essentially a work of reference, the Dictionary is also a starting point for further research. Each entry concludes with a list of sources, plus works for further reference, and the index lists the women under 60 category headings.



‘It is an extraordinarily moving book, not only because it gives us so wide-ranging a picture of female activity and achievement, but because the entries convey, remarkably, a real sense of flesh and blood, and of Scottish society, especially over the last 400 years.‘ Jennie Calder.

NOTE: To assist teachers and researchers, WHS has prepared two lists of Dictionary entries which may be obtained by contacting us. In one, women for whom there are entries in the Dictionary are listed under the name of the council areas with which they had some association. In the other, the women are listed chronologically, from earliest times to 2005.

Gender in Scottish History since 1700

(Editors: Lynn Abrams, Eleanor Gordon, Deborah Simonton and Eileen Janes Yeo)

Gender in Scottish History (cover)

Published in hardback and paperback by Edinburgh University Press, January 2006.

This is the first text to offer an accessible introduction to the ways in which theories of gender might offer new readings of modern Scottish history. It engages with central themes such as politics, identity, work and religion as well as some more unusual topics such as science and medicine and culture.



‘A treasure trove of new perspectives on women in the history of modern Scotland. The editors and contributors are to be congratulated for creating what will be a landmark publication in Scottish History.’ Professor Christopher Whatley, University of Dundee.