Women and Gender in Scotland: A Bibliography from 1980 to the Present
Dr. Elizabeth L. Ewan, University of Guelph
The works below are mainly books; for references to more articles (and other books) see WISH. (Women in Scottish History) at www.uoguelph.ca/wish Journals with articles on Scottish women and gender include Journal of Scottish Historical Studies (formerly Scottish Economic and Social History), Innes Review, Records of the Scottish Church History Society, Scottish Affairs, Scottish Historical Review, Journal of Social History, Women’s History Review, and History Scotland.
Works have been listed chronologically under each theme, so that the reader can trace the development of research over time.
General Studies Covering Various Topics
Rosalind K. Marshall, Virgins and Viragos; a history of Women in Scotland from 1080 to 1980 (London: Collins, 1983) – the first modern survey of women in Scotland.
Glasgow Women’s Study Group, Uncharted Lives: extracts from Scottish women’s experiences, 1850-1982 (Glasgow: Pressgang, 1983) – first collection of essays on Scottish women.
E. Gordon and E. Breitenbach eds Out of Bounds. Women in Scottish Society (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1992) – a companion volume to The World is Ill-Divided (see below under Work) examining women’s roles in modern Scottish society.
T. Brotherstone, D. Simonton and O. Walsh eds Gendering Scottish History: An International Approach (Glasgow: Cruithne Press, 1999) - a collection of essays examining women’s history in Scotland and other countries.
E. Ewan and M.M. Meikle eds Women in Scotland c.1100-c.1750 (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 1999) – a collection of essays on women in medieval and early modern Scotland .
Lynn Abrams, A Woman’s World: Myth and Materiality in a Woman’s World: Shetland 1800-2000 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005) – a detailed analysis of the lives of 19th and 20th century Shetland women.
W.W.J. Knox, The Lives of Scottish Women (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006) – studies of ten individual nineteenth and twentieth-century women.
L. Abrams, E. Gordon, D. Simonton and E.J. Yeo eds Gender in Scottish History Since 1700 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006) – a series of essays examining the impact of considering gender on different fields of Scottish history.
E. Ewan, S. Innes, S. Reynolds and R. Pipes eds The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006, 2007) – a reference work with entries on over 800 women. See also Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004 and online supplements) for Scottish women.
As well as the works below, see introductions to the various edited collections of essays
Joy Hendry, “Snug in the Asylum of Taciturnity: Women’s History in Scotland” in I. Donnachie and C. Whatley eds The Manufacture of Scottish History (Edinburgh: Polygon, 1992), 125-42.
Jane McDermid, “Placing Women in Scottish History,” Journal of Women’s History 4:2 (Fall 1992), 180-88.
Jane McDermid, “Scottish labour history: no woman’s land?” Labour History Review 48:1 (Spring 1993), 52-6.
E. Breitenbach, “‘Curiously Rare’? Scottish Women of Interest OR The Suppression of the Female in the Construction of National Identity,” Scottish Affairs, 18 (Winter 1997)
Siân Reynolds, “Historiography and gender: Scottish and international dimensions” in Gendering Scottish History eds Brotherstone et al (1999), 1-18.
Elizabeth Ewan, “A realm of one’s own? The place of medieval and early modern women in Scottish history” in Gendering Scottish History, 19-36
Jane McDermid, “Missing persons? women in Scottish history” in Gendering Scottish history, 37-45.
Lynn Abrams, “Gendering Scottish History: an Agenda for Change,” Women’s History Magazine 40 (2002), 11-14.
Esther Breitenbach and Lynn Abrams, “Gender and Scottish Identity” in Gender in Scottish History Since 1700 (2006), 17-42.
I. Whyte and K.Whyte, “The geographical mobility of women in early modern Scotland” in Perspectives in Scottish Social History ed. Leah Leneman (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1988), 83-106.
Jayne Stephenson ed. “Five Bob a Week”: Stirling Women’s Work 1900-1950 (Stirling: Stirling Women’s Oral History Project, 1988).
R.A. Houston, “Women in the economy and society of Scotland 1500-1800” in R.A. Houston and I.D. Whyte eds Scottish Society 1500-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,1989), 118-47 – an exploration of what the sources can reveal about women in early modern society.
Siân Reynolds, Britannica’s Typesetters: Women compositors in Edwardian Edinburgh (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1989)
E. Breitenbach and E. Gordon eds The World is Ill-Divided. Women’s work in Scotland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1990) – the first set of scholarly essays on women and work in modern Scotland – set the stage for the modern development of women’s history in Scotland.
Eleanor Gordon, Women and the Labour Movement in Scotland, 1850-1914 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991).
C.A. Whatley, “Women and the economic transformation of Scotland c.1740-1830” Scottish Economic and Social History, 14 (1994), 19-24 – one of the first essays to examine the central role of women in the economy.
E. Sanderson, Women and Work in Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh (London: Macmillan, 1996).
Eileen Crofton, The Women of Royaumont: A Scottish Women’s Hospital on the Western Front (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 1997).
Lesley A. Orr MacDonald, A Unique and Glorious Mission: women and Presbyterianism in Scotland 1830-1930 (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2000).
Family and Sexuality
Elizabeth Craik ed. Marriage and Property: Women and Marital Customs in History (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1984, 1991) – several essays on Scotland.
R. Mitchison and L. Leneman, Sexuality and Social Control: Scotland 1660-1780 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1989) – reissued as Girls in Trouble: Sexuality and Social Control in Rural Scotland, 1660-1780 (Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1998).
Linda Mahood, The Magdalenes. Prostitution in the nineteenth century (London: Routledge, 1990).
Leah Leneman, Alienated Affections: The Scottish Experience of Divorce and Separation 1684-1830 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1993).
Andrew Blaikie, Illegitimacy, Sex and Society: Northeast Scotland, 1750-1900 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993).
R. Mitchison and L. Leneman Sin in the City: Sexuality and Social Control in Urban Scotland, 1660-1780 (Edinburgh: Scottish Cultural Press, 1998) – companion volume to Girls in Trouble – see Mitchison and Leneman, Sexuality and Social Control (1989).
Andrew Blaikie, “Scottish Illegitimacy: Social Adjustment or Moral Economy” in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 29:2 (Autumn, 1998), 221-42.
Janay Nugent ed. “Family History Special Section,” Scottish Tradition 27 (2002), 3-94.
Leah Leneman, Promises, Promises. Marriage Litigation in Scotland 1698-1830 (Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland, 2003).
Eleanor Gordon and Gwyneth Nair, Public Lives: Women, Family and Society in Victorian Britain (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003).
Leah Leneman, In the Service of Life. The Story of Elsie Inglis and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals (Edinburgh: Mercat Press, 1994).
Leah Leneman, A Guid Cause: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Scotland (Edinburgh: Mercat Press, 1991, rev edn 1995).
Maurice Lee Jr., Heiresses of Buccleuch: Marriage, Money and Politics in Seventeenth-Century Britain (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 1996).
Maggie Craig, Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45 (Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1997).
Pamela Ritchie, Mary of Guise in Scotland 1548-1560 (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2002).
Rosalind K. Marshall, Scottish Queens 1034-1714 (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2003)
Fiona Downie, She is But a Woman: queenship in Scotland, 1424-1463 (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2006).
Kristen Walton, Catholic Queen, Protestant Patriarchy: Mary Queen of Scots and the Politics of Gender and Religion (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
J. Fewell and F.M.S. Paterson eds Girls in Their Prime: Scottish Education Revisited (Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1990).
Lindy Moore, Bajanellas and Semilinas. Aberdeen University and the Education of Women 1860-1920 (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1991).
Mary Masson and Deborah Simonton eds Women in Higher Education (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1996).
Jane McDermid, The Schooling of Working-Class Girls in Victorian Scotland: Gender, Education and Identity (London: Routledge, 2005).
Crime (including Witch-hunt)
C. Larner, Enemies of God: the witch-hunt in Scotland (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1981) – a classic work on the witch-hunt which formed the basis for most future studies of the Scottish witch-hunt – for bibliography see www.ed.ac.uk/witches
Brian Levack ed. Witchcraft in Scotland (London: Garland, 1992) – reprints important essays on the topic to this date.
Deborah Symonds, Weep Not for Me: Women, Ballads and Infanticide in Early Modern Scotland (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997).
Y.G. Brown and R. Galloway eds Twisted Sisters: Women, Crime and Deviance in Scotland Since 1400 (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2002).
Stuart MacDonald, The Witches of Fife: Witch-hunting in a Scottish Shire 1560-1710 (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2002).
Julian Goodare ed. The Scottish Witch-hunt in Context (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002).
Arts and Culture
Jude Burkhauser ed. ‘Glasgow Girls: Women in Art and Design 1880-1920 (Edinburgh: Canongate, 1900, rev edn 1993).
C. Kerrigan ed. An Anthology of Scottish Women Poets Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press,1991).
D. Gifford and D. McMillan eds A History of Scottish Women’s Writing (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997).
Janice Helland, Professional Women Painters in Nineteenth-Century Scotland. Commitment, Friendship, Pleasure (London: Ashgate, 2000).
S. Dunnigan, C.M. Harker and E. Newlyn eds Woman and the Feminine in Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) .
last updated 28 May 2008