Dr Katie Barclay

BA, MA (Hons), MPhil, PhD (University of Glasgow)

E-mail: katie.barclay@adelaide.edu.au (as from October 2011)

Following on from her Research Fellowship post at the Institute of Irish Studies (2010-2011), Dr Barclay joined the ARC Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions at the University of Adelaide - working on a project titled 'Governing Emotion: the Affective Family, the Press and the Law in Early Modern Britain', alongside colleagues Professor David Lemmings and Dr Claire Walker.

Research Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies (2010-2011):

Katie Barclay 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 Institute of Irish Studies, she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick on a project, run jointly with Queen’s, ‘Marriage in Ireland, 1660-1925’.  Between 2007-8, she was the Economic History Society Anniversary Fellow, through the Institute of Historical Research.

Research Interests

Katie is an economic and social, cultural and gender historian, specialising in the regions of Scotland and Ireland across the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.  Her research interest lies in the area of identity creation (especially the relationship between self and story-telling) and power relationships in both private and public contexts.  Her current research, with the working title Masculinity on Trial: Ireland 1800-1845, explores how men from different social backgrounds (as judges, juries, lawyers, defendants and witnesses) negotiated the meaning of justice and manliness in the Irish court system, and particularly how they used story-telling, song and stereotype to create meaning out of the disparate events of everyday experience.  Her previous research has focused on power relationships in marital relationships, particularly as negotiated through letter-writing. She has a particular interest in feminist approaches to power.



  • Love Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850, (Manchester UP, 2011).

Edited Collections

  • With Sarah Richardson (eds), ‘Performing the Self: Women's Lives in Historical Perspective’, Special edition, Women’s History Review (Forthcoming).
  • With Rosi Carr, Rosemary Elliott and Annemarie Hughes (eds), Special edition: Gender and Generations: Women and Lifecycles, Women’s History Review, 20 (2011).
  • With Catriona Haston and Rachel McAdams (eds), Historical Perspectives 5th Anniversary Special Edition, E-Sharp, (2008).


  •  ‘Negotiating space within the Irish farming household in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth century’, Women’s History Review, (Forthcoming).
  •  ‘Sex and the Scottish Self 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, (Forthcoming).
  • With Siobhan Talbott, ‘New Perspectives on Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Scottish History’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, (2011).
  • With Rosi Carr, Rosemary Elliott, and Annmarie Hughes, ‘Introduction: Gender and Generations: Women and Lifecycles Special Edition’, Women’s History Review, 20, (2011).
  • ‘Intimacy and the Life-cycle in the Marital Relationships of the Scottish Elite during the Long-Eighteenth Century’, Women’s History Review, 20 (2011).
  • ‘Composing the Self: Gender and Subjectivity within Scottish Balladry’, Cultural and Social History, 7(3) (2010), pp. 337-53.
  • ‘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.
  • ‘“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.

Professional Engagement

  • September 2009 to Present - Women’s History Network, newsletter editor and blog administrator. The Network produce Women’s History Magazine and run an annual conference. To visit the blog, go to: http://womenshistorynetwork.org/blog/
  • December 2007 to Present - Economic and Social History Society for Scotland, Treasurer and Secretary. The society produces the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies and runs an annual conference and winter workshop- see www.eshss.co.uk.
  • Aug 2009 to Present - Glasgow Women’s Aid, director. For more information, see: http://www.glasgowwomensaid.org.uk/