Elizabeth Ritchie, MA, MPhil, PhD


  • IV25 3HN

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Cultural and social history of Scotland 1700-1950; emigration to North America 1700-1950

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Research Expertise

Scottish emigration to Canada, 1783-1851

Catholic-Protestant relations in the Scottish Highlands

Education in the Scottish Highlands

Highland Evangelicalism

Gender and the Family in the Scottish Highlands, 1750-1850

My main research interests lie in the social and cultural history of the early nineteenth-century Highlands, with an especial focus on religion, education and the family. In addition, I am developing a research project on how emigration to Canada affected family life for Scots from 1782-1850. I am happy to supervise PhD students in any aspects of the social and cultural history of the Highlands between 1700 and 1900, or in the history of Scottish emigration to North America in that period. I especially enjoy work that involves fieldtrips and collaborating with local schools, organisations and heritage groups.

Teaching Expertise

Unless otherwise stated, topics refer to Scottish History, with a special interest in Highland History

  • Rural history
  • Agriculture and landscape
  • Clearances
  • Emigration, 1700-1950
  • Internal migration, 1700-1900
  • Religious history, 1700-1900
  • Social and economic history of women, 1700-1900
  • History of the family, 1700-1900
  • Scots in North America, 1600-1950
  • Scottish identity in North America, 1600-1950

Services Expertise

High School classes:

- 'Highlanders and Slavery'

- 'Scottish Emigration to Canada'

Frequent speaker at local history, heritage and U3A societies

Local history mini film project, Goslpie Inn (2015-16)

MacKay Country Oral History Workshops (2014-15)

Bettyhill Adult Education weekend (2013)

Conference organisation:

- Land and People in the Northern Highlands Conference (2014)

- John A. MacDonald and the Scots Canadian connection (2010)

Board Member:

- Historylinks Museum, Dornoch (2013-present)

- Women's History Scotland (2012-present)

- EDINA Statistical Accounts (2011-15)

Historical Consultant for:

- Clearances iphone App (Timespan Heritage Centre, Helmsdale, 2012)

- Dunnet and Canisbay Community Council Local History Scoping Project (2010-11)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Faith of the Crofters: Religion and Identity in the Scottish Highlands, 1793-1843, University of Guelph

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Philosophy, Women on the Home-front: Civil War Massachussetts, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Bachelor of Arts, The Issue of Race within Second Wave American Feminism, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001


  • F1001 Canada (General)
  • Immigration
  • Scots
  • Family
  • Rural
  • D204 Modern History
  • Women
  • Religion
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Emigration
  • Land use


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