Aidan Collins



Bankruptcy in the Court of Chancery, 1674-1750

Supervisor: Dr Natasha Glaisyer



I am a interested in all aspects of the credit-based economy across the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. My research is funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) and explores bankruptcy proceedings at different stages of the legal process within the Court of Chancery. While my project is grounded in economic history, this methodological approach illuminates the social and cultural aspects of financial failure during this period.

Papers and publications

Conference papers


  • September 2018 ‘Defining “Traders” in Bankruptcy Proceedings, 1700-1750’, CHORD Conference: Retailing and Distribution in the Eighteenth Century, University of Wolverhampton
  • October 2018, ‘The History of Bankruptcy in England’, BBC History Magazine, History Fringe at York – History Weekend 2018
  • May 2018, ‘Stories of Credit, Debt and Failure in the English Court of Chancery, 1650-1750’, Debt in History Conference, University of Toronto, Canada
  • April 2018, ‘Rumours of Failure in the English Court of Chancery, 1680-1750’, The Cabinet of Curiosities: Speech, Sound and Dialogue Symposium, University of York
  • November 2017, ‘Bankruptcy in the Court of Chancery, 1650-1750’, Three-Minute Lightning Talk, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London


Blog posts


Contact details

Mr Aidan Collins
PhD student
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD