Dr Elizabeth Ritchie

Centre for History
Burghfield House
IV25 3HN

tel: +44 (0) 1847 889626

Available to talk to the media about

  • Highland Clearances
  • Women, gender and the family in the eighteenth and nineteenth century
  • Religion and society in eighteenth and nineteenth century Scotland
  • Education in eighteenth and nineteenth century Scotland
  • Eighteenth and nineteenth century emigration from Scotland
  • History of Canada
  • Scots in North America

In these languages



Educated at Glasgow University and University of Guelph, Ontario

Current research

  • Protestant-Catholic relations in early nineteenth-century Highlands
  • The Gaelic Society Schools in early nineteenth-century Highlands
  • The emigration of Scotswomen to rural Canada, 1800-1850

Research groups and interests

Scottish Women's History Group

Selected publications

Book chapter, ‘“A Palmful of Water for your Years”: Babies, Religion and Gender Identity among Crofting Families, 1800-1850’ in Jodi Campbell, Elizabeth Ewan and Heather Parker (eds) The Shaping of Scottish Identities: Family, Nation, and the Worlds Beyond University of Guelph, Ontario (2011)
‘The Case of the Missing Baby: Illegitimacy and Infanticide in the Islands’ in 'The Scots Canadian', (2008)

Reviews include

Review of ‘The Sutherland Estate, 1850-1920’ by Annie Tindley in The Journal of Scottish Historical Studies Vol 31.1 (May 2011)
Review of ‘The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women’, Family and Community Studies (2010)
Review, ‘Debating the Highland Clearances’ by Eric Richards in The Journal of Scottish Historical Studies Vol 29, No 1, (2009)
Review of ‘The Highlands’ by Calum I. Maclean and ‘The Gaelic Otherworld by John Gregorson Campbell in The International Review of Scottish Studies, Vol 31, (2006)
Review of ‘After the Hector: The Scottish Pioneers of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton’ and ‘The Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada, 1784-1855 Glengarry and Beyond’ by Lucille Campey in IRSS Vol 30, (2005)