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Dr Katie Barclay

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Position ARC Postdoctoral Fellow
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Biography/ Background

Katie Barclay is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. From June 2104-17, she holds a Discovery Early Career Research Award. She is a graduate in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow, where she completed her undergraduate degree, Masters and PhD. Before joining the University of Adelaide, she held a postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast. Between 2008 and 2010, she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick on a project, run jointly with Queen’s, ‘Marriage in Ireland, 1660-1925’.  In 2007-8, Dr Barclay was the Economic History Society Anniversary Fellow, held through the Institute of Historical Research, London.


Ph.D. Economic and Social History (University of Glasgow)

MPhil. Social History (University of Glasgow)

MA(Hons) Economic and Social History (University of Glasgow)

Awards & Achievements

2014-17 ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award

2012 Senior Hume Brown Prize in Scottish History for Love, Intimacy and Power.

2012 Women's History Network (UK) Book Prize for Love, Intimacy and Power.

2012 Strathmartine Trust Grant. £1015 towards the reproduction costs of images in Women in Eighteenth-Century Scotland.

2012 Scouloudi Publication Grant. £1000 towards the reproduction costs of images in Women in Eighteenth-Century Scotland.

2010-2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Irish Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast.

2010 Roberts Fund, administered by the University of Warwick. £600 towards research costs for project on Irish masculinity.

2007-2008 Economic History Society Anniversary Fellowship, administered by the Institute of Historical Research.

2005 Scottish Women’s History Network Essay Prize.

2003-2007 ESRC 1+3 Research Grant.


Research Interests

Dr Barclay is an economic and social, cultural and gender historian, specialising in Scotland and Ireland across the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. She is currently working with Professor David Lemmings and Dr Claire Walker on a research project ‘Governing Emotion: the Affective Family, the Press and the Law in Early Modern Britain’, which explores representations of the family and the law in the early modern press. This builds on her previous research on the history of emotions within Scottish marriage, between 1650 and 1850. Dr Barclay is concurrently completing a monograph on Irish masculinity and the court system, 1800 to 1845, that pulls together her interest in cultural performances of identity, popular culture, emotions and power relationships. From June 2014, she will be working on a project on intimacy amongst the lower orders in Scotland between 1660 and 1830.



§  Love Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850 (Manchester University Press, hbck 2011; pbck 2014).


Edited Books and Special Issues

§  With Deborah Simonton (eds), Women in Eighteenth-Century Scotland: Intimate, Intellectual and Public Lives (Ashgate, 2013).

§  With Sarah Richardson (eds), Special edition: ‘Performing the Self: Women's Lives in Historical Perspective’, Women’s History Review, 22(2) (2013).

§ With Rosi Carr, Rosemary Elliott and Annemarie Hughes (eds), Special edition: ‘Gender and Generations: Women and Lifecycles’, Women’s History Review, 20(2) (2011).

§  With Catriona Haston and Rachel McAdams (eds), Historical Perspectives 5th Anniversary Special Edition, E-Sharp, (2008).


Journal Articles  

      §  'Sounds of Sedition: Music and Emotion in Ireland, 1780-1845', Cultural History, 3(1)                       (2014). 

     §  'Singing and Lower-Class Masculinity in the Dublin Magistrate's Court, 1800-1845', Journal                  oSocial History, 47(3) (2014), pp. 1-23.

§  'Farmwives, Domesticity and Work in Late-Nineteenth-Century Ireland', Rural History, 24(2) (2013), pp. 143-60.

§  With Rosalind Carr, ‘Rewriting the Scottish Canon: the Contribution of Women’s and Gender History to a Redefinition of Social Classes’, Etudes écossaises, 16 (2013), pp. 11-28.

§  With Eleanor Gordon and Tanya Cheadle, ‘Gender in Scottish History: a Survey of the Field’, Scottish Historical Review, 92(234 Supplement The State of Early Modern and Modern History) (2013), pp. 83-107.

§  With Sarah Richardson, ‘Introduction: Performing the Self: Women’s Lives in Historical Perspectives’, Women’s History Review, 22(2) (2013).

§  ‘Place and Power in Irish Farms at the End of the Nineteenth Century’, Women’s History Review, Special Edition, 21(4) (2012), pp. 1-17.

§  With Siobhan Talbott, ‘New Perspectives on Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Scottish History’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 31(1) (2011), pp. 119-33.

§  With Rosi Carr, Rosemary Elliott, and Annmarie Hughes, ‘Introduction: Gender and Generations: Women and Lifecycles Special Edition’, Women’s History Review, 20(2) (2011), pp. 175-88.

§  ‘Intimacy and the Life-cycle in the Marital Relationships of the Scottish Elite during the Long-Eighteenth Century’, Women’s History Review, 20(2) (2011), pp. 189-206.

§  ‘Composing the Self: Gender and Subjectivity within Scottish Balladry’, Cultural and Social History, 7(3), (2010), pp. 337-353.

§  ‘Thinking about Family Legacy’, Women’s History Magazine, 61 (Autumn/ Winter 2009), pp. 26-29.

§  ‘Negotiating Patriarchy: The Marriage of Anna Potts and Archibald Grant of Monymusk’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 28(2) (2008), pp. 83-101.


Book Chapters

§  ‘Introduction’, in Katie Barclay and Deborah Simonton (eds), Women in Eighteenth-Century Scotland: Public, Intellectual and Private Lives (Ashgate, 2013), pp. 1-13.

§  Love and Courtship in Eighteenth-Century Scotland’, in Katie Barclay and Deborah Simonton (eds), Women in Eighteenth-Century Scotland: Public, Intellectual and Private Lives (Ashgate, 2013), pp. 37-54.

§  ‘From Rape to Marriage: Questions of Consent in the Eighteenth-Century United Kingdom’, in Anne Greenfield (ed.), Interpreting Sexual Violence: 1660-1800 (Pickering and Chatto, Sept 2013), pp. 35-44.

§  ‘Sex, Identity and Enlightenment in the Long-Eighteenth Century’, in Jodi Campbell, Elizabeth Ewan and Heather Parker (eds), Shaping Scottish Identity: Family, Nation and the World Beyond, Guelph Series in Scottish Studies (Guelph, 2011), pp. 29-42.

§  ‘“And Four Years Space they Loveingly Agreed”: Balladry and Early Modern Understandings of Marriage’, in Elizabeth Ewan and Janey Nugent (eds), Finding the Family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland (Ashgate, 2008), pp. 23-34.


Review Article

§  ‘Emotion, Identity and Family Life’, reviews: Leanore Davidoff, Thicker than Water: Sibling and their Relations, 1780-1920 (Oxford, 2012); Joanne Bailey, Parenting in England: Emotion, Identity and Generation (Oxford, 2012); C. Dallet Hemphill, Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in American History (Oxford, 2011); Patricia Crawford, Parents of Poor Children in England, 1580-1800 (Oxford, 2010); Amy Harris, Siblinghood and Social Relations in Georgian England: Share and Share Alike (Manchester, 2012), Women’s History Magazine, 72 (2013), pp. 30-34.


Professional Interviews

§  July 2013, ‘Interview with Leanore Davidoff: a Celebration of 25 Years of Gender & History’, Gender & History:


Book Reviews

§  Karen Harvey, The Little Republic: Masculinity and Domestic Authority in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 240, Hardback ISBN 978-0-19-953384-8, £60, and Henry French and Mark Rothery, Man’s Estate: Landed Gentry Masculinities, 1660-1900, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 296, Hardback ISBN, 978-0-19-957669-2, £65, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 33(1) (2012), pp. 134-7.

§  Christina Howell, Mortal Subject: Passions of the Soul in Late Twentieth-Century French Thought, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2011, pp. 244, Paperback ISBN 978-0745652757, £26.95, Women’s History Magazine, 70 (Summer 2012), p. 31.

§  Katherine Glover, Elite Women and Polite Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2011, Pp. ix + 217, Hardback ISBN 9781843836810, History Scotland, 12(6) (Nov/Dec 2012), pp. 58-9.

§  Naomi Tadmor, The Social Universe of the English Bible: Scripture, Society and Culture in Early Modern England, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. 224. Hardback ISBN 9780521769716, £55.00, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 32(1) (2012), pp. 92–3

§  Annmarie Hughes, Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010. £45.00, 978 0 7486 3981 6 (hardback), pp. vii + 235, Women’s History Magazine, 68 (Spring 2012), pp. 42–3

§  Betty Hagglund, Tourist and Travellers: Women’s Non-fictional Writing about Scotland, 1770-1830, Bristol: Channel View Publications, 2010. £49.95, 978 1084541 118 3 (hardback), pp. viii + 181, Women’s History Magazine, 68 (Spring 2012), pp. 47–8

§  Adam Kuper, Incest and Influence: the Private Life of Bourgeois England, Harvard University Press, 2009. 304pp. £20.95, ISBN 9780674035898, H-Sexuality, H-Net Reviews, October 2011, (URL:

§  Jane Hamlett, Material Relations: Domestic Interiors and Middle-Class Families in England, 1850-1910, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010. £50, 978 0 7190 7863 7 (hardback), pp. xvi + 264, Women’s History Magazine, 67 (Autumn 2011), pp.42–3

§  Graeme Morton and Ted Griffiths (eds), A History of Everyday Life in Scotland,1800-1900, Edinburgh UP, 2010, Paperback, ISBN 9780748621705, pp. 336, £24.99, Economic History Review, 64(4) (2011), pp. 1394–5

§  Jennifer J. Popiel, Rousseau’s Daughters: Domesticity, Education and Autonomy in Modern France, University of New Hampshire Press, 2008, Hardback, ISBN 978-1-58465-732-3, pp. xii + 262; £44.95, Women’s History Magazine, 66 (Summer 2011), pp. 47–8

§  Mark Towsey, Reading the Scottish Enlightenment: Books and their Readers in Provincial Scotland, 1750-1820, Brill, 2010, Hardback, ISBN 9789004184329, pp. 361, €99, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 31(1) (2011), pp. 136–7

§  Mike Goode, Sentimental Masculinity and the Rise of History 1790-1890, Cambridge University Press, 2009, Hardback, ISBN 978-0-521-89859-1, pp. ix + 253; £50.00, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 31(1) (2011), pp. 137–9

§  Katherine Hodgkin (ed.), Women, Madness and Sin in Early Modern England: The Autobiographical Writings of Dionys Fitzherbert, Ashgate, 2010, Hardback, ISBN 9780754630180, pp. 290, £65, H-Disability, H-Net Reviews, March 2011, (URL:

§  Nancy Folbre, Greed, Lust & Gender: A History of Economic Ideas, Oxford UP, 2009, Hardback, ISBN 978-0-19-923842-2, pp. xxxiii+ 379, £18.99, and Sal Renshaw, The Subject of Love: Hélène Cixous and the Feminine Divine, Manchester UP, 2009, Hardback, ISBN 978-0-7190-6960-4, pp. ix + 210, £60.00, Women’s History Magazine, 65 (Spring 2011), pp. 50–1

§  Lucy Delap, Ben Griffin and Abigal Wills (eds), The Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain since 1800, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, Hardback, ISBN 9780230579941, pp. 304; £55.00, Gender & History, 22(2) (2010), pp. 485–6

§  Deborah Wilson, Women, Marriage and Property in Wealthy Landed Families in Ireland, 1750-1850, Manchester University Press, 2009, Hardback, ISBN 978-07190-7798-2, pp. xiv + 233; £55.00, History Scotland, 10(3) (May/Jun 2010), pp. 56–7

§  William P. Kelly and John R. Young, Scotland and the Ulster Plantations: Exploration in the British Settlement of Stuart Ireland, Four Courts Press, 2009, Hardback, ISBN 978-1-84682-076-2, pp. 166; £45.00, History Scotland, 10(1) (2010), pp. 55–6

§  Christina Simmons, Making Marriage Modern: Women’s Sexuality from the Progressive Era to World War II, Oxford UP, 2009, Hardback, ISBN 978-0-19-506411-7, pp. ix + 306, £22.50, Women’s History Magazine, 63 (Summer 2010), pp. 41–2

§  Brian Levack, Witch-hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics and Religion, Routledge, 2007, Paperback, ISBN 978-0-415-39943-2, pp. xiv + 217; £19.99’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 29(1) (2009), pp. 72–3

§  Anne-Marie Kilday, Women and Violent Crime in Enlightenment Scotland, Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2007, pp. x +183, Hardback, ISBN 978 0 86193 287 0, £50.00’, Review of Scottish Culture, 20 (2008), pp. 156-7

§  Hugh V. McLachlan, The Kirk, Satan and Salem: A History of the Witches of Renfrewshire (Glasgow, The Grimsay Press, 2006. Pp. 580; Paperback ISBN 1-84530-034-3, £25.00), Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 28(1) (2008), pp.72–4

§  Mary Prior, Found Hopes Destroyed: Breach of Promise Cases in Shetland 1823-1900, (Lerwick, Shetland Times Ltd, 2005), 84 pp. ISBN 1 904746 09 8, £9.99’, Women’s History Review, 16(2) (2007), pp. 246–7



Community Engagement

Lead Editor, Women’s History Magazine, 2011 to Present.

Website Administrator, Economic and Social History Society for Scotland, September 2011 to Present.

Entry last updated: Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014

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