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Anglo-Scottish Relations in the Eighteenth Century

Saturday 1 November 2014, 9.30AM


In the aftermath of the debate over independence in Scotland in 2014, the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies Day Conference on 1 November will investigate Anglo-Scottish Relations in the eighteenth century.

Even after the Act of Union in 1707 England and Scotland remained divergent national cultures in the eighteenth century, but cultures which exerted enormously strong mutual influence. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together historians and literary scholars to investigate the movement of people, print and ideas across the border during this period. Our speakers will analyse the relationships between English and Scottish writers, publishers and periodicals, the lives of the Scots in London and the English in Edinburgh, and the development of cross border philosophic, religious and philanthropic associations and clubs during the eighteenth century.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Michael Brown, University of Aberdeen
  • Rhona Brown, University of Glasgow
  • David Higgins, University of Leeds
  • Hamish Mathison, University of Sheffield
  • Tom Mole, University of Edinburgh
  • Stana Nenadic, University of Edinburgh
  • Jane Rendall, University of York
  • David Stewart, Northumbria University
  • Jennifer Wilkes, University of York



9.30-9.45 Registration

9.45-10.40 Stana Nenadic ‘'Scottish, English and British Cultural Identities among Scots in London and the English in Edinburgh, 1707 to 1832'

10.40-11.00  Tea/Coffee

11.00-12.20 Burns

Hamish Mathison "By or For that English Gold? Burns, Lyric, Nation".

Rhona Brown '"Editorial Tampering" and "Obvious Suspicion": The Publishing History of Robert Burns's Tour of the Borders and North England'

Jenny Wilkes,‘“Our fierce and unruly crew”: James Currie and literary sociability in Liverpool, 1780-1800’

12.20-1.20 Lunch

1.20-2.15 Michael Brown ‘'Scotland's Englands: Enlightened Misunderstandings'

2.15-2.30 Break

2.30-3.50 Periodicals

David Stewart ‘Blackwood’s Magazine and “The Scotch Character”’

David Higgins ‘”I have been trying all my life to like Scotchmen”: Hazlitt, Lamb, and the “Caledonian mind”’

Tom Mole, ‘Byron and the Scotch Reviewers’

3.50-4.10 Coffee/tea

4.10-5.05 Jane Rendall 'Women and philanthropy; crossing the Anglo-Scottish border, 1795-1820’

5.05-5.30 Roundtable



Registration Fee: £25 - includes tea, coffee and simple sandwich lunch. Payable via Eventbrite.

Members of the University of York: admission is free but please register on Eventbrite to secure your place. If you require lunch, there is an optional charge of £6.00.

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Location: K/133 the King's Manor