My current Ph.D. thesis, 'A Godly Nation: Scottish Presbyterian Dissent after the Disruption', examines religion, politics, and national identity in Scottish Presbyterian dissent after the Disruption of the Church of Scotland in 1843. It assesses the relationship between the Free and United Presbyterian churches in the twenty years after 1843, and questions whether a distinctly 'dissenting' Presbyterian identity was created during the period before the commencement of union negotiations between the two churches in 1863. More broadly, I am also interested in the church-state relationship, British anti-Catholicism, radical politics, and Scottish nationalism in the nineteenth century.
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