Writing

Publications

Herryea Forest (2020), an adventure story for children set in the forests of Galloway, available on Kindle.

‘As an Episcopalian I have been brought to the Cross of Christ’: Edinburgh’s Episcopalian Evangelical Mainstream, 1806-1886’, Records of the Scottish Church History Society, May 2016.

‘Living Landscapes’, Lothian Talk (Scottish Wildlife Trust, summer 2015).

‘Is this the world’s most important novel?’ 200th anniversary of Walter Scott’s Waverley, Discover NLS, (National Library of Scotland magazine, summer 2014).

‘Episcopalian Business Networks in Edinburgh, 1794-1818’, Scottish Business and Industrial History, 2014.

Historical interpretation panels for the Georgian House, National Trust for Scotland, Edinburgh, 2014. Text co­authored with Sheonagh Martin, Chris Small and Karen Baston.

‘Episcopacy and Scottish Romantic Identity’ and ‘Episcopacy and Scottish Global Identity’ in Nicolas Taylor (ed), Episcopacy and Scottish Identity from 1689, The St Aidan’s Lectures (Scottish Episcopal Church, Glasgow, 2014).

Ursula, a novel about Edinburgh and the environmental crisis (Amazon Kindle, 2014).

‘Reconciliation and Revival: Bishop Daniel Sandford of Edinburgh, 1766-1830’, Records of the Scottish Church History Society, vol.42, 35-73 (2013).

St John’s Lectures (Series):

In Talent of the First Rank, in Inclination Totally Deficient’: John Mather, 1781-­1850, including a new edition of John Mather Hail to the Chief by Anthony Mudge (St John’s, Edinburgh, 2012).

Fervour & frivolity: A tale of two English gentlemen in Edinburgh, with extracts from the sermons of Daniel Sandford and Sydney Smith 1800-1802 (St John’s, Edinburgh, 2012).

Walter Scott and Women of Independent Mind (St John’s, Edinburgh, 2013).

Religion and Belief in Edinburgh 1796-1815 (St John’s, Edinburgh, 2013).

Who lived in Charlotte Square? (St John’s, Edinburgh, 2013).

Choirs, Catechisms & Corn Craiks: Religion and Politics 1794-1818, ‘People of the Regency West End of Edinburgh’ series, (St John’s, Edinburgh 2012).

Poetry, Picturesque & More Gooseberry Pyes: Marriage and Domesticity, 1794-1818, ‘People of the Regency West End of Edinburgh’ series, (St John’s, Edinburgh 2012).

Indian Ships and English Shops: Wealth and Social Rank, 1794-1818, ‘People of the Regency West End of Edinburgh’ series, (St John’s, Edinburgh 2012).

Review of Sue Morgan and Jaqueline de Vries, Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain, 1800-­1940 (Routledge, London, 2010) in History Teaching Review, no. 43 (Scottish Association of Teachers of History, October 2010).

Edited: Choose Life: an anthology of liturgical material on Climate Change from the UK for Creation Time (European Christian Environmental Network, Brussels, 2008).

Seven contributions to Chris Polhill (eg), A Heart for Creation: Worship resources and reflections on the Environment (Wild Goose Publications, Glasgow, 2010).

Edited: Celebrating Creation, Eco-Congregation Module on Worship (Eco-Congregation, Edinburgh & London, 2010).

Layers of Edinburgh, an illustrated historical guide to the Old Town (Edinburgh, 2009).

Earth be Glad, an illustrated environmental lifestyles leaflet for churches (Edinburgh, 2005). This sold over 5000 copies.

Review of P. Ward, Liquid Church (Paternoster, Carlisle, 2003) in Expository Times vol.115 376-9 (2004).

Lectures and Conference Papers

‘George Gilbert Scott and St Mary’s Cathedral’, Old Edinburgh Club, March 2016.

‘“In talent of the first rank, in inclination totally deficient”: entrepreneurial failure in the Regency New Town of Edinburgh’, Stirling Business History Conference, April 2015.

‘The Stockingmakers’ Sedilia: The Building of Hawick Episcopal Church’, Modern British History Network, University of St Andrews, June 2014; Scottish Episcopal Historians Network, St Columba’s Edinburgh, October 2014; and Scottish Church History Society, January 2015.

‘Who lived in Charlotte Square?’ Georgian House, Edinburgh, November 2013; National Trust Headquarters, November 2014.

‘The History of St John’s Church’, Colinton Local History Society, March 2014; Edinburgh Friendship Centre, October 2014.

‘Scottish, British, or not of this world? Scottish Episcopalian identities amongst the founders of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, 1859-1879’, Religion in Scotland Conference, Tulliallan, October 2014.

‘Earth be Glad: Nature and Humanity’, an exploration of the story of Jonah, St John’s Edinburgh, March 2014; Just Festival Westminster, June 2014.

‘Walter Scott and Women of Independent Mind’, St John’s, Edinburgh, November 2013; Waverley at 200 Conference, University of Dundee, March 2014.

‘Scottish Episcopalian Business Networks in Edinburgh, 1792­-1818’, Scottish Business and Industrial History Conference, University of Stirling, March 2014.

‘George Gilbert Scott in Scotland: Introducing the Project’, Scottish Episcopal Historians Network, St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow, March 2014.

‘Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field’, Previously: Scotland’s History Festival, The Antiquary Pub, Edinburgh, a live reading with George Harris, November 2013.

‘The People who Built St John’s Chapel at the West End’, Old Edinburgh Club, Augustine United Church, Edinburgh, (Featured in STV News online magazine), January 2013.

‘British, Bourgeois, but still Belonging: the Episcopalian Laity of Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh, 1794-­1818’, Scottish Episcopal Historians Network, St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth, October 2013.

‘Edinburgh Episcopalians and the French Wars’, War, Society and Culture conference, University of Leeds, May 2013; and History of Christianity conference, New College, Edinburgh, July 2013.

‘The Impact of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars on British Religious Culture: An Edinburgh Perspective’, Modern British History Network, New College, Edinburgh, June 2013.

‘Religion & Belief in Edinburgh 1796-1815’, Georgian House, Edinburgh, May 2013. (pdf)

‘Reconciliation and Revival: Bishop Daniel Sandford of Edinburgh, 1766­-1830’, St John’s Church, Edinburgh, June 2013; Scottish Episcopal Historians Network, St Mary Magdalene, Dundee, February 2013.

‘From Restalrig to Dean: Changing Ways to Die amongst Nineteenth-­Century Edinburgh Episcopalians’, Death in modern Scotland, 1855­1955, New College, Edinburgh, February 2013.

‘Choirs, Catechisms & Corn­Craiks: Politics and Piety in the Regency West End of Edinburgh’, Previously: Scotland’s History Festival, St John’s Church, Edinburgh, November 2012.

‘Poetry, Picturesque, & More Gooseberry Pyes: Domestic Life in the Regency West End of Edinburgh’, Previously: Scotland’s History Festival, St John’s Church, Edinburgh, November 2012.

‘Indian Ships & English Shops: Wealth in the Regency West End of Edinburgh’,

Previously: Scotland’s History Festival, St John’s Church, Edinburgh, November 2012.

‘Enlightenment Episcopalianism: Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh, 1794­-1818’, Christianity and History Forum, Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh, October 2012.

‘“Our sons may see the fulfilment of these glorious things”: Optimistic Episcopalians in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh 1800­-1830’, Scottish Church History Society, Stirling Baptist Church, Stirling, October 2012.

‘Fervour & frivolity: A tale of two English gentlemen in Edinburgh’, The Sydney Smith Association, St John’s, Edinburgh, preceded by A Regency Choral Matins by the Choir of St John’s, September 2012.

‘Enlightenment Domesticity: Episcopalians at Home in the Regency New Town of Edinburgh’, Ecclesiastical History Society, University of Bangor, June 2012; Modern British History Network, University of Stirling, June 2012.

‘Bishop Daniel Sandford 1766-­1830’, St John’s Church, Edinburgh, May 2012.

‘In Talent of the First Rank, in Inclination Totally Deficient’: John Mather, 1781-­1850’, lecture including music by John Mather and contemporaries, performed by the Choir of St Johns, St John’s, Edinburgh, January 2012.

‘The Congregation of Charlotte Episcopal Chapel, 1794­-1818’, St John’s Social Committee Annual Lecture, Edinburgh, October 2011.

‘Perfection & Freedom: Enlightenment Optimism in the New Town of Edinburgh, 1794­-1818, Modern British History Network, University of Dundee, June 2011.

‘Literature & Episcopalianism in the Edinburgh New Town’, Ecclesiastical History Society, University of St Andrews, June 2010.

‘Peebles, Painthorpe & Penang: Cosmopolitan Connections in the Edinburgh New Town’,

Modern British History Network, University of St Andrews, June 2010.

Social Status in Charlotte Chapel Congregation, Religion and Modern British History, University of Edinburgh, March 2010.

‘A Real Saint’: Daniel Sandford, Bishop of Edinburgh, 1806­-1830’, Modern British History Network, University of Strathclyde, June 2009.

Poster: ‘Bishop Daniel Sandford of Edinburgh, 1766­-1830’, Stirling Graduate Research School Interdisciplinary Conference, May 2009.

‘Claiming Walter Scott: the Historiography of the Episcopal Church in Georgian Edinburgh’, Modern British History Network Postgraduate Colloquium, University of Stirling, February 2009.

‘The Episcopal Congregation of Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh, 1792­-1818’, Postgraduate Symposium, University of Stirling, June 2008.

 

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Happy 200th birthday, St John’s Edinburgh

200 years ago this week, St John’s Church in Edinburgh was consecrated, on 19 March 1818. This is interesting to me for two reasons. First because I have been a member of the choir of St John’s (which was founded at the same time) for almost a fifth of that time, and second because I … Continue reading “Happy 200th birthday, St John’s Edinburgh”

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Back amongst the Celts

The combination of a showery bank holiday and an exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland gave me a chance to revisit my first old artistic love, the art of the Celts. There was knotwork of course, and the point was made that this is really characteristic of Anglo-Saxons rather than Celts, something I discovered in Jarrow and Hexham. … Continue reading “Back amongst the Celts”

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Shakespeare and Scott: the British Bards

Fashions in accolades change over time. When he was still the anonymous author of the Waverley Novels, Walter Scott was frequently described as a new William Shakespeare. Nowadays, Scott is more likely to be credited with the invention of the historical novel. To our modern artistic tastes, in which originality is all, the comparison with … Continue reading “Shakespeare and Scott: the British Bards”

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Anthony Trollope’s Palliser novels: I’ve read them, so you don’t have to

Can You Forgive Her? (1865)Phineas Finn (1869)The Eustace Diamonds (1873)Phineas Redux (1874)The Prime Minister (1876)The Duke’s Children (1880) When I was mad keen on all things Celtic, I remember being hugely amused by a scribe’s marginal note which went something like this: “Here endeth the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. The longest, most tedious work … Continue reading “Anthony Trollope’s Palliser novels: I’ve read them, so you don’t have to”

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