Barbara Murison

- Adjunct Research Professor

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Ph.D, University of Western Ontario, 1981

Research Interests

Professor Murison’s research interests include English and Scottish history in the early modern period, the history of the first British Empire and the Scottish diaspora in all its aspects.

Teaching Philosophy

"My teaching is informed by the idea that if I am enthusiastic about my teaching, my students will be excited about learning. This seems to work in the main! I thoroughly enjoy communicating my ideas about a subject to my students and stimulating them to come up with ideas of their own."

Major Research Projects

My current research interests focus on Scottish history and on the history of the Scottish diaspora. I am working on two main projects.

One concerns the legal ramifications of the Treaty of Union between England and Scotland in 1707. The recent formation of a British Supreme Court as a final court of appeal renders this an interesting time to ponder the practices and ideas of earlier periods.

The second project involves consideration of the ways in which anti-Enlightenment notions were nourished and spread in 18th century Scotland and beyond.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • (2008) ‘Lapidary Inscriptions: Rhetoric, Reality and the Baillies of Mellerstain’, in Elizabeth Ewan and Janay Nugent (eds.), Finding the Family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland, (Ashgate Press, Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe series) 99-112.
  • (2007) ‘The Talented Mr Blathwayt: His Empire Re-visited’, in Nancy L. Rhoden (ed.), English Atlantics Revisited. Essays Honouring Professor Ian K. Steele (McGill-Queens), 33-58.
  • (2004) ‘Canadian Presbyterian Evangelism, 1760-1875’, (10,000 words) published on CD ROM by the Presbyterian Church in Canada as part of an e-book entitled Active Evangelism: The Canadian Presbyterian Story, pp.1-23.
  • (2004) ‘Old Favourites or New Style: Creating the Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada’, in Edith L. Blumhofer and Mark A. Noll (eds.), Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Hymnody in the History of North American Protestantism (University of Alabama Press), 64-91.
  • (1997) ‘The Kirk versus the Free Church: the Struggle for the Soul of the Maritimes at the Time of the Disruption’, chapter in G. Rawlyk and C. H. H. Scobie (eds.), The Contribution of Presbyterianism to the Maritime Provinces (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1997), 19-31, 211-217.

Refereed Journal Publications:

  • (2011) ‘Becoming British? Completing the Union of 1707’, International Review of Scottish Studies, Vol. 36 (2011), 33-65.
  • (2009) ‘Myth and Migration: Unpicking the Career of the Reverend John Sprott’, Acadiensis XXXVIII, No.1 (Winter/Spring 2009), 104-25.
  • (1997) ‘Getting his walking ticket: Minister and Laity in Mid-Nineteenth Century Toronto’, Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’etudes Canadiennes 32,3 (Fall, 1997), 36-54. (This article was awarded honourable mention in the competition for the 1999 Woodrow Wilson Award of the U.S. Presbyterian Historical Society).

Recent Presentations

  • (2011) ‘Laughing them out of their Follies’: visual attacks on the Scottish Enlightenment, paper delivered at the 24th Annual conference of the Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society, Aberdeen University, Scotland, July, 2011.
  • (2010) ‘Becoming British? Navigating the Union of 1707’, invited paper delivered at the Scottish Studies Fall Colloquium at the University of Guelph, September, 2010.
  • (2010) ‘“Shaped by their Scottish education”: Enlightenment, Evangelicalism and the Ministers of Early Nova Scotia’, 50th anniversary meeting of the Canadian Society of Church History, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal, May, 2010.