Scottish History & Archaeology student is awarded a Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship

Al Ross, a third-year BA (Hons) Scottish History and Archaeology student at Lews Castle College UHI, has just been awarded a Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship. This will enable him to conduct essential research in preparation for his dissertation. As Al says:

“The research will involve looking at a court case from the 1760's involving a minister called John Witherspoon who was at the High Kirk in Paisley. It was a libel action brought against him which he lost and I'm trying to see if it was a factor in him going to America. He ended up as a signatory to the Declaration of Independence and as President of Princeton University.”

Al will use the grant to support travel and accommodation for archival and library visits to Edinburgh and Paisley, research inspired by being a student on the ‘Scots in North America’ module, taught by the Centre’s Dr Elizabeth Ritchie.