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Research overview

Kate McGregor began her PhD in Scottish History at the University of St Andrews in September 2021, under the supervision of Dr Amy Blakeway and Professor Michael Brown. Her research focuses on foreign policy and diplomacy during the adult rule of James V, King of Scots (1528-1542), for which she is fully funded by the Ewan and Christine Brown Postgraduate Scholarship in the Arts and Humanities. After completing her undergraduate degree at St Andrews, with First-Class honours and the Deans' List Award, she undertook a MPhil in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Clare Jackson at Trinity Hall, at which her dissertation examined Court Festivities and Ceremonial during the Adult Rules of James V, King of Scots (1528–1542) and Mary, Queen of Scots (1561–1567) (2021). 

In addition to her PhD research, Kate is an undergraduate tutor on modules including MO1007 The Early Modern Western World (c.1450-c.1770) and ME1006 The Kingdom of the Scots (c.900-1707). She was a Research Assistant on a project investigating notaries and their networks in St Andrews from 1466-1560, supervised by the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collection’s Senior Archivist Mrs Rachel Hart and by Professor Michael Brown. To support this project Kate was awarded the Burnwynd Trust's St Andrews Local History Foundation Bursary in June 2022. She is currently a member of the Institute of Scottish Historical Research (ISHR), the St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies (SAIMS), the Scottish Medievalists, the Scottish History Society, and the Royal Historical Society (RHS). She was also previously a Website and Blog Editor for the Northern Early Modern Network, a peer network for early modern scholars across the UK and beyond; an editor for Cambridge's Doing History in Public blog; and Postgraduate Research (PGR) Representative on the School of History's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Kate is currently based at The Strathmartine Centre in St Andrews. The Strathmartine Trust was established by the late Dr Ronald Cant to encourage and support the study of all periods of Scottish history, continuing the work to which he devoted most of his life.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Philosophy, Early Modern History, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE


Master of Arts, (Honours) Modern History First Class, University of St Andrews