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I began my PhD in May 2020 under the supervision of Professor Steve Murdoch, Dr Jacqueline Rose, and Dr Amy Blakeway. My research focuses on Scotland's military relationship with the emerging Dutch Republic during the first half of the Eighty Years' War (1568-1609). This project places Scottish soldiery in the Dutch Republic into various military, political, and social contexts, highlighting the many intersections between Scottish and Dutch history. I am more generally interested in early modern warfare on land and at sea, piracy and privateering, British migration to Northern Europe and have published widely in these fields.

In addition to my PhD research, I served as a bibliographic editor on the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) between 2021 and 2022 through ISHR's LASH-BASH project management. I have also been an administrator and editor on the University of St Andrews' Scotland, Scandinavia and Northern Europe Database (SSNE) since 2018, where I have created or updated nearly 500 biographies. In addition to managing the SSNE's Low Countries entries, I created and manage the SSNE's Twitter account, @SSNEDatabase. In 2021, I was featured on Billy Kay's radio programme Scotland and the Low Countries, broadcast on BBC Scotland. 

My teaching duties have included:

MO2008: Scotland, Britain and Empire, 1500-2000 (tutor and lecturer)

HI5203: Key Issues in Economic and Social History (tutor)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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