Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland

RHN 39/2017 | Event

Organiser: Dr Julian Goodare (University of Edinburgh) - Project 'Agriculture and Teind Reform in Early Modern Scotland'

Convener: Professor T. C. Smout, University of St Andrews
6 May 2017, University of Edinburgh, UK
Closing date for bookings: 3 May 2017

Day Conference
Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland

Most people in early modern Scotland lived and worked on the land. How did agriculture shape their daily lives, and the broader economy and society in which they worked? This one-day conference brings together scholars to present some of the latest research.

Papers will include detailed studies of the working of agriculture in particular localities, from Midlothian to Shetland. The role of farming in culture and the imagination will be examined. An international dimension enters with a study of the North Sea grain trade.

While several of the papers focus on the older 'unimproved' agriculture, there is also attention to the changing role of agriculture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Finally, agriculture's place in Scotland's broader economic modernisation will be discussed.

The conference will be convened by Professor T. C. Smout (University of St Andrews), H. M. Historiographer Royal for Scotland. Professor Smout has made many contributions to the social, economic and environmental history of Scotland. His most celebrated book, A History of the Scottish People, 1560-1830, has been continuously in print since 1969.

Where and when
The conference will take place on Saturday 6 May 2017, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, at Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.

Conference programme
The day's programme is available at the conference website.

The conference is open to the public. The fee to attend the conference is £30.00 (student and unwaged rate £20.00). Morning and afternoon tea and coffee are provided as part of the day-delegate rate, but not lunch. There are several cafés and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

Please book online in advance, via the conference website Go to 'Click here to register now'.

Enquiries about booking arrangements and other practicalities of the conference should be made to Ms Elaine Philip. Telephone: 0131 651 1254. Email:

Enquiries about academic aspects of the conference should be made to Dr Julian Goodare. Telephone: 0131 650 4021. Email:

Conference and project
The conference is part of the two-year project 'Agriculture and Teind Reform in Early Modern Scotland', led by Dr Julian Goodare (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Alan R. MacDonald (University of Dundee), and funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Project website:

The organisers plan to publish revised versions of the conference papers, plus other chapters, in an edited book entitled Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland.