Graeme Millen is a PhD candidate from Glasgow. He did his undergraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde (2011-2014), his dissertation was supervised by Professor Allan Macinnes, and he received two awards as well as a first class honours. After taking a year away from study he returned to undertake an MLitt in Early Modern History at the University of St Andrews in 2015-16. His dissertation, supervised by Professor Steve Murdoch, covered the judicial responses, attitudes to, as well as the motivations of, deserters in Scotland from 1628 to 1697. He presented a paper at a conference at the University of Kent and decided to apply for a PhD here in 2016, supervised by Dr Amy Blakeway and Professor Kenneth Fincham, currently ongoing.
His broad research interests include Scottish martial culture, identity and migration, as well as the Dutch Republic, in the latter half of the seventeenth century.
His PhD project is a study of the Scots-Dutch Brigade upon their return ‘home’ to Scotland during the Highland War, or first Jacobite Rising, from 1689-1692. Reinvigorating the study of the short, but crucial, war during a tumultuous period of British and European history the thesis examines the war through the eyes of veteran officers centrally involved in the suppression of the Jacobites. The thesis reappraises the war chronologically as well as tackling less travelled areas such as martial identity, via the underused memoir of the Brigade’s commander Major-General Hugh Mackay, and the supply and financing of the war effort.
PhD Research Title
‘A real distaste of the country and the service’ - The Scots-Dutch Brigade and the Highland War,1689-1692
Professional Experience/Conference Papers
Glasgow Life Research Internship 2013
Dr Amy Blakeway and Professor Kenneth Fincham