MA (Cambridge), PhD (QUB), MRIA
Honorary Senior Research Fellow in History
Dr Malcomson was an undergraduate at Cambridge (Emmanuel College). He undertook his postgraduate study at Queen’s under J.C. Beckett. His PhD (1970) was on John Foster (1740–1828) and Co. Louth.
He worked as an archivist in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) from 1967–98 and became Director of PRONI in 1988 where he worked until his retirement in 1998 to research and write.
His main research interests are Anglo-Irish relations; high politics and Irish constituency politics; social and economic history (upper classes only!); the ‘Ascendancy’ generally — all in the period c. 1725–1832.
The pursuit of the heiress: aristocratic marriage in Ireland 1740–1840 (revised and enlarged ed., Belfast, 2007).
Nathaniel Clements: government and the governing elite in Ireland, 1725–75 (Dublin, 2005).
Archbishop Charles Agar: churchmanship and politics in Ireland, 1760–1810 (Dublin, 2002).John Foster: the politics of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy (Oxford, 1978).