Professor John Hudson elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh

The School of History is delighted to announce that John Hudson, Professor of Legal History and Head of the School of History at St Andrews, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor Hudson joins esteemed colleagues who have also been awarded this distinction by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, including Professor Rab Houston, Professor Colin Kidd and Professor Carole Hillenbrand OBE, and several emeritus professors and honorary staff in the School, amongst whom are the Historiographer Royal in Scotland Professor T. C. Smout CBE and Dr Barbara Crawford OBE.

ISHR launch T.C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History


Prof. T. C. Smout

The St Andrews Institute of Scottish Historical Research is delighted to announce the inaugural T. C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History.

This annual lecture has been established to celebrate Professor Emeritus Christopher Smout’s 80th birthday and his ongoing contribution to Scottish Historical Studies. Prof Smout CBE, FBA, FRSE, was Professor of Scottish History at St Andrews from 1980 until 1991 and was appointed Historiographer Royal for Scotland in 1993. Since the publication of his classic History of the Scottish People, 1560-1830 in 1969, his influence on Scottish historical studies has been unparalleled. In recent years he has played a leading role in the development of environmental history and his latest book, co-authored with Mairi Stewart, The Firth of Forth: An Environmental History (2012), has been widely acclaimed as a model of its kind.


Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

The inaugural lecture will be given by Professor Fredrik Jonsson (University of Chicago) on Thursday 26 September 2013 at 5.15 pm, New Arts Lecture Theatre, University of St Andrews, on “Enlightenment’s Frontier: the Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism.” The University Principal, Prof. Louise Richardson, will take the chair. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

During his time in St Andrews, Prof. Jonsson will also lead a workshop discussion of his current research, ‘Cornucopianism 1627-2013: Endless Growth and its Critics’, on Thursday 26 September 2-4 pm (venue to be confirmed). For further details please contact the organiser, Prof. Roger Mason.