About

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. 


Research interests

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

  • ‘Fighting an Auld Ally’: The Scots-Dutch Brigade during the Franco-Dutch war, 1672-1678 - New Perspectives on the Auld Alliance, University of Kent, 21st-22nd June 2016
  • Serve or Stand Down? British Regiments in the Netherlands, 1648-1688 The British-Dutch World in the Age of Elizabeth of Bohemia, University of St Andrews, 21st April 2017
  • Distaste for the country and the service: the Scots-Dutch Brigade and the Highland War, 1689-91School of History Postgraduate Research Seminar,  University of Kent, 13th December 2017
  •  ‘a real distaste of the country and the service...’ Maj-Gen Hugh Mackay’s Memoirs, the Scots-Dutch Brigade and Identity during the Highland War, 1689-91 Writings from Scotland Before the Union, University of Dundee, 21st April 2018
  • ‘a real distaste of the country and service’ Major-General Hugh Mackay’s Memoirs, the Scots-Dutch Brigade and Identity during the Highland War, 1689-1692 Institute of Scottish Historical Research Reading Weekend, University of St Andrews, 12th-13th April 2019

 

Grants/Funding/Honours

  • Rutherford Reid Scholarship, University of Kent, 2016-2019
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship, University of Kent, 2016-2019
  • J. Percival Agnew Prize, University of Strathclyde, 2014
  • Thomas Telford Prize in History, University of Strathclyde, 2014
  • Masters Tuition Bursary, University of St Andrews, 2015-16


Supervision

Dr Amy Blakeway and Professor Kenneth Fincham

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