Skip to main content

Professor David Hayton

BA (Manchester), DPhil (Oxford), MRIA, FSA, FRHistS

Professor of Early Modern Irish and British History


David Hayton was educated at the universities of Manchester and Oxford, and after a research fellowship at Queen’s, worked for the History of Parliament Trust as a research assistant and then as a section editor on The House of Commons 1690–1715. He gave the annual History of Parliament Lecture in November 2007, on the tercentenary of the Anglo-Scottish Union. He rejoined Queen’s as Lecturer in History in 1994, was promoted Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2003.  He was Head of School between 2004 and 2010. He was one of the founding editors of the journal Parliamentary History (of which he is now chairman of the trustees) and from 1997-2007 was joint editor of Irish Historical Studies. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2008 and serves on the Academy's National Committee for Historical Sciences. 

Research Interests

His research covers many aspects of Irish and British history from the Restoration to the middle of the 18th century, with a concentration on political and religious themes.  From 2004 to 2007 he directed a major research project on Irish legislation 1690–1800, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Other ongoing projects include an edition of the letters of the Brodrick family, c.1680–1728 and a volume in the new Cambridge edition of the works of Swift. He is also engaged on a biography of Sir Lewis Namier.

Select Publications


Articles and chapters:

  • Sir Lewis Namier, Sir John Neale and the shaping of the History of Parliament’  in Parliamentary History, xxxii (2013)
  • Accounts of debates in the House of Commons, March– April 1731, supplementary to the diary of the first earl of Egmont’ in electronic British Library Journal, 2013
  • ‘Select document: the division in the Irish House of Commons on the “tithe of agistment”, 18 Mar. 1736, and Swift’s “Character … of the Legion Club”’ in Irish Historical Studies, xxxviii ( 2012)
  • ‘Irish Tories and victims of Whig persecution: Sacheverell fever by proxy’ in Parliamentary History, xxxxi (2012).
  • ‘Colonel Wedgwood and the Historians’, in Historical Research, lxxxiv (2011).
  • '"Paltry underlings of state"? The character and aspirations of the "Castle" party, 1715-1732' in C. Rawson (ed.), Politics and literature in the age of Swift (Cambridge, 2010)
  • 'Adjustment and integration: the Scottish representation in the British House of Commons, 1707-14', Parliamentary History, xxvii: 3 (2008)



Professor David Hayton teaches on the following programmes / modules:


Exploring History 1


Exploring History II


Oliver Cromwell 1647–1658


The People and Politics in Great Britain and Ireland, 1675-1750

Current PhD supervision:

  • Karst De Jong, 'The Irish in Jamaica during the long eighteenth century (1700-1840)'
  • Burak Ozdemir, 'Confessionalism and toleration in Ireland c. 1660-1750, in theory and practice'

Recently completed PhDs:

  • Tim Watt, 'Order and Disorder in Ireland 1692-1735' Ph.D. 2014
  • Rachel Wilson, 'The political role of women in Irish aristocratic families c. 1660 - 1714', Ph.D. 2013
  • Lisa Meaney, 'Civic Society in Eighteenth Century Ulster c. 1740-1780', PhD. 2011
  • Alison Muir, 'Paper manufacture in Ireland. c. 1690-1825, with particular reference to the north of Ireland', PhD. 2010


Relevant Website Addresses: