The Early Modern Commons

Objects and the archive

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Furnishing the tower house: nobles, lairds, merchants & craftsmen

15 January 2020

This post is about the furnishings of tower houses, and the documentary record. The first thing to note is that Scottish furnishings from the sixteenth- and seventeenth centuries are...

Dumbarton Castle: Women at Work

15 January 2020

In March 2019 I looked at the history of Dumbarton Castle from 1500 to 1700 for Historic Environment Scotland, highlighting events and people. It was interesting to read of one of the...

Anna of Denmark: Costume, Colours, and Identities in Scotland

11 January 2020

This is a transcript of a talk I gave at Riddles Court in Edinburgh and Jesus College, Oxford, in 2019 about Anna of Denmark in Scotland, 1589 to 1603 Introduction In Scotland Anna...

Kinneil House: The Power of Women

4 January 2020

This blog is about the early wall paintings at Kinneil House, West Lothian, Scotland, based on a talk given to the Friends of Kinneil, partly about how they were restored, and came...