Women in Scotland c.1100-c.1750


Women in Scotland c.1100-c.1750



Edited by Elizabeth Ewan and Maureen M. Meikle.

Includes a chapter by The College at Brockport alumna (BA 1971, MA 1974) and former faculty member Evelyn S. Newlyn: Images of women in sixteenth-century Scotish literary manuscripts.

A comprehensive view of the lives of women in Scotland from 1100 to 1750, based on a wide range of archival sources, including Court of Session records and Middle Scots poetry. Amongst the women featured are nuns, brewers, widows, witches, and wives of ministers of the kirk.



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East Linton : Tuckwell Press, 1999.

xxx, 272 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm.


European History | Medieval History | Women's History | Women's Studies


Located in Drake Library at: HQ1399 .W63 1999

CONTENTS: The foundation and patronage of nunneries by native elites in twelfth- and early thirteenth-century Scotland / R. Andrew McDonald -- Power through purity: the virgin martyrs and women's salvation in Pre-Reformation Scotland / Audrey-Beth Fitch -- Women in Scottish divinity, c. 1590-1640 / David G. Mullan -- Scots abroad in the fifteenth century: the princesses Margaret, Isabella, and Eleanor / Priscilla Bawcutt and Bridget Henisch -- Images of women in sixteenth-century Scotish literary manuscripts / Evelyn S. Newlyn -- Women of the Gaidhealtachd and their songs to 1750 / Anne C. Frater -- 'Dragonis baith and dowis ay in double forme': women at the court of James V, 1513-1542 / Andrea Thomas -- Politicking Jacobean women: Lady Ferniehirst, the Countess of Arran and the Countess of Huntly, c. 1580-1603 / Ruth Grant -- 'Holde her at the Oeconomicke rule of the house': Anna of Denmark and Scottish Court of Finances, 1589-1630 / Maureen M. Meikle -- In search of the antecedents of women's political activism in early eighteenth century Scotland: the daughters of Anne, Dutchess of Hamilton / Karl von den Steinen -- 'For whatever ales ye': women as consumers and producers in late medieval Scottish towns / Elizabeth Ewan -- Embroidery to enterprise: the role of women in the book trade of early modern Scotland / Alastair J. Mann -- The power behind the merchant? women and the economy in late seventeenth-century Edinburgh / Helen Dingwall -- Women and legal representation in early sixteenth-century Scotland / John Finlay -- Wife and widow: the evidence of testaments and marriage contracts c. 1600 / Winifred Coutts -- Women and the church courts in Reformation-era Scotland / Michael F. Graham -- A women's place: birth order, gender, and social status in Highland houses / Roxanne Reddington-Wilde -- Wet nurses and unwed mothers in seventeenth-century Aberdeen / Gordon DesBrisay -- Wed to the manse: the wives of Scotish ministers, c. 1560-1800 / Ian D. Whyte and Kathleen A. Whyte -- Women and gender in the early modern western Gaidhealtachd / Domhnall Uilleam Stiubhart.

Women in Scotland c.1100-c.1750