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Rachel Wilson

Lecturer

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Email
wilsonr12@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
4.36, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Overview

I joined the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University in October 2019 as a Lecturer in Early Modern History. My interests are in eighteenth-century Irish and British history, with a particular emphasis on the viceroyalty of Ireland, the history of elite women and early modern mourning. These interests are explored within my publications, including my book Elite Women in Ascendancy Ireland, 1690-1745 [Boydell, Woodbridge, 2015) and recent journal article '"Our late most excellent viceroy": Irish Responses to the Death of the Duke of Rutland in 1787' in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 42:1 (2019), pp 63-83.

Biography

I completed my PhD in history at Queen's University Belfast in 2013, where I also worked as a research assistant and tutor. I joined the School of English at the Univeristy of Leeds in 2016 as a research fellow on the interdisciplinary, Leverhulme-funded project, 'The Political Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan'. I joined Cardiff University in 2019 as a Lecturer in Early Modern History.

Teaching

Year 1

Renaissance, Reformation, and Revolution [seminars and lectures]

History in Practice [seminars]

Year 2

Exploring Historical Debate [supervisory role]

I am also a personal tutor

My research interests are in the history of early modern Ireland and Britain, with a particular emphasis on the Irish Lord Lieutenancy and elite women. I am also interested in early modern mourning practices around the British Isles.

PUBLICATIONS

Monographs

  • (2015) Elite Women in Ascendancy Ireland, 1690–1745: Imitation and Innovation (Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer). Available to buy from the publisher, Amazon, Waterstones and other good book sellers.

Journal articles

Chapters in edited volumes

  • (forthcoming, 2020) ‘“An admirable vice-queen”: the Duchess of Rutland in Ireland, 1784–87’ in Myles Campbell (ed.) Vicereines of Ireland: the Women Behind the Throne (Irish Academic Press).

Other

  • (forthcoming) ‘Fitzgerald, James (1722–1773)’, biographical entry for inclusion in Robin Eagles (ed.), The History of Parliament: the House of Lords 1715–90
  • (2018) ‘A noble sight’: The Prince’s Chamber and Royal Lyings in State in the Eighteenth Century. Blog entry for the Georgian Lords project. Available at https://tinyurl.com/rlgbux5 
  • (2017) ‘A General State of Mourning’ in History Today, lxvii, no. 3 (March), p. 7. Available at https://www.historytoday.com/history-matters/general-state-mourning
  • (2011) Encyclopaedia entry entitled ‘Marriage settlements’ on Irish History Live website. Available at https://tinyurl.com/wtyvuor

CONFERENCE/SEMIANR PAPERS

  • (2020, forthcoming), ‘“An admirable vice-queen”: the Duchess of Rutland in Ireland, 1784–87’ at the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh seminar, UCD, 27 March [Invited Speaker]
  • (2019), ‘“The usual ceremonies”: the arrival and inauguration of Ireland’s Lords Lieutenant during the eighteenth century’. Dominus Hibernie/Rex Hiberniae – Lord of Ireland/King of Ireland - Tiarna na hÉirinn/Rí na hÉireann, 12001801 symposium, The National Archives, London, 21–23 March. [Invited speaker]
  • (2019), ‘Welcome to the island: the arrival and inauguration of Ireland’s Lords Lieutenant during the eighteenth century’. Annual conference of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, St Hugh’s College, Oxford, 04–06 January.
  • (2018) ‘“Admiring Auditors”: the Experience of Hearing the Parliamentary Speeches of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1780–1812’. Passionate Politicians: Parliament, Print and Theatre in the Age of Sheridan and Austen conference, Bath’s Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16 March.
  • (2018) ‘Truth, Lies and Fake News: the Records of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s Parliamentary Speeches, 1780–1812’. Annual conference of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, St Hugh's College, Oxford, 03–05 January.
  • (2017) ‘“Our late most excellent Viceroy”: Irish Responses to the Death of the Duke of Rutland in 1787’. Annual conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, Trinity College Dublin/Royal Irish Academy, 07–09 June.
  • (2017) ‘The Parliamentary Voice: Experiencing the Speeches of Richard Brinsley Sheridan in the House of Commons’. Eighteenth Century and Romantic Seminar series, University of Leeds, 21 March. [Invited speaker]
  • (2017) ‘Education in Ascendancy Ireland, c. 1690–1745’. Institute of Historical Research’s Education in the long 18th century seminar, London, 25 February. [Invited speaker]
  • (2016) ‘Death of a Viceroy: Irish Responses to the Death of the Duke of Rutland in 1787’. Speed paper at the North West Early Modern Seminar, Leeds, 12 October. [Invited speaker]
  • (2015) ‘“Dancing and dice”: the Court of the Vicereines of Ireland, 1703–1746’. Courts and Viceroys: Viceregal Courts in Comparative Perspectives, a conference of the Society for Court Studies, London, 15–16 June. [Invited speaker]
  • (2015) ‘Society Queens: the Vicereines of Ireland at Dublin Castle, 1703–1746’. Dublin Court Culture Study Day, Queen’s University Belfast, 22 May [Invited speaker]
  • (2012) ‘My Research So Far’. Ireland and Modernity Workshop, Queen’s University Belfast, 11 May. [Invited speaker]
  • (2012) ‘Materials, Memories and Mourning: the Physical Possessions Associated with Grieving Amongst Women in the Irish Aristocracy c. 1692–1740’. Material Lives: Objects, Images, and Emotions in a World of Movement conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 09 March.
  • (2012) ‘Materials, Memories and Mourning: the Physical Possessions Associated with Grieving Amongst Women in the Irish Aristocracy c. 1692–1740’. Annual conference of the Irish History Students’ Association, National University of Ireland, Galway, 03 March.
  • (2011) ‘Women and Marriage in the Irish Aristocracy, c. 1692−1737’. Staff/postgraduate History Seminar Series, Queen’s University Belfast, 13 May.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, IMPACT AND MEDIA

EVENT ORGANISATION

  • (2018) Passionate Politicians: Parliament, Print and Theatre in the Age of Sheridan and Austen, conference at Bath’s Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16 March.
  • (2017) Stafford’s Radical MP: Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Satirist, Playwright and Orator, public study day at Staffordshire Record Office, 18 March.
  • (2012) Heroes, Villains and Scapegoats: the Role of the Individual in Shaping Ireland’s Past, conference at Queen’s University Belfast, 23–24 November.
  • (2011) The Ideal Woman: Interrogating Femininity Across Disciplines and Time, conference at Queen’s University Belfast, 11–12 March.

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

  • (2018–2019) Peer reviewer for The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2018) and Women’s History (2019).
  • (2016–present) Book reviews for Eighteenth-Century Ireland, Irish Studies Review (x2), History: The Journal of the Historical Association (invited review), Reviews in History and Women’s History.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Economic and Social History Society of Ireland (2019–present)
  • Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society (2014–present)
  • Royal Studies Network (2014–present)
  • Women’s History Association of Ireland (2014–present)
  • Women’s History Network (2013–present)

Areas of expertise

External profiles