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Dr David Worthington

PhD, MA (Hons), Head of the Centre for History

UHI Centre for History
Burghfield House
IV25 3HN

e: David Worthington
t: +44 01847 889 624

Available to talk to the media about

      • The Highlands, Scotland and Europe (1500 - 1800)
      • The north of Scotland in the seventeenth century
      • Coastal history
      • Scottish-Polish historical relations
      • British and Irish diasporas
      • 'Central Europe' in history


          In the following languages

          • English
          • Polish



          A lecturer in history at the Centre for History as of July 2008, Dr Worthington completed his PhD in the Department of History of the University of Aberdeen in 2000. Prior to taking up position at UHI, he held the following posts: Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (2001-2002); Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen (2005-2007); Visiting Professor on two separate occasions at Polish universities, in the cities of Kielce (2004-2005) and Wrocław (2007-2008). He has spoken frequently at conferences throughout Europe and North America, and organised and chaired a symposium in Dornoch in 2010 ('Reappraising the Seventeenth Century in the Highlands'), as well as an earlier international conference at Aberdeen in 2007.

          Alongside Dr Alastair Macdonald, Dr Worthington is co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Northern Scotland, published annually by Edinburgh University Press.

          Current research

          Current plans include a collaborative project looking at wills and testaments relating to Scottish emigrants in late medieval and early-modern Poland, a study of the historiography of the Scots in Poland, and a further project - involving public talks, teaching, research and publications - on the coastal history of adjacent coastlines, focusing, in particular, on firthlands.

          Selected publications

            Edited volumes
            • British and Irish Emigrants and Exiles in Europe, 1603-88 (Brill: Leiden, 2010)

            • Scots in Habsburg Service, 1618-1648 (Brill: Leiden, 2003)
            • British and Irish Experiences and Impressions of Central Europe, 1560-1688 (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2012)

            Selected Chapters in Edited Volumes:
            • ‘Alternative Diplomacy? Scottish exiles at the courts of the Habsburgs and their allies, 1618 to 1648’, in Steve Murdoch ed., Scotland and the Thirty Years’ War, (Leiden, 2001), pp. 55-71
            • ‘“On the high post-way between Vienna and Venice”: The Leslie family in Slovenia’ in Polona Vidmar ed., Zapuščina rodbine Leslie na ptujskem gradu (Ptuj, 2002), pp. 81-6.
            • ‘Aspects of the literary activity of the Irish Franciscans in Prague, 1620-1786’, co-authored with Mícheál MacCraith OFM., in Thomas O’Connor and Mary Ann Lyons eds., Irish migrants in Europe after Kinsale, 1602-1820 (Dublin, 2003), pp.118-34
            • ‘Leslies in Central and Northern Europe during and after the Thirty Years’ War’, co-authored with Steve Murdoch, Alexia Grosjean and Paul Dukes in Ivo Barteček, Miloš Kouřil and Zdeněk Šamberger eds., Ad Honorem Josef Polišenský, 1915-2001 (Prague, 2007) pp. 350-369.
            • ‘“Men of noe credit”? Scottish Highlanders in Poland-Lithuania, c.1500-1800’ in T.M. Devine and David Hesse eds., Scotland and Poland: Historical Encounters, 1500-2010 (Edinburgh, 2011)

            Selected Journal Articles:
            • "All our dear countrymen"? British and Irish expatriates east of the Rhine as recorded in the Triennial Travels of James Fraser of Kirkhill (1634-1709)', Britain and the World, 6(1) (2013), pp. 48-63
            • 'A Northern Scottish Maritime Region: The Moray Firth in the Seventeenth Century', in The International Journal of Maritime History, 23(2) (December 2011)
            • ‘The 1688 correspondence of Nicholas Taaffe, Second Earl of Carlingford (d.1690) from the Imperial court in Vienna’ in Archivium Hibernicum, Journal of the Catholic Record Society of Ireland, lviii, (2004), pp. 174-209
            • ‘Towards a bibliography of the Irish in the Holy Roman Empire, 1618-48’, in Archivium Hibernicum, Journal of the Catholic Record Society of Ireland, lvi, (2002), pp. 206-27