Dr Clare Jackson

Senior Tutor, Trinity Hall
Dr Clare Jackson

My particular interests lie in the rich and complex history of seventeenth-century Britain. My most recent book, Devil-Land: England under Siege 1588-1688 (2021) won the Wolfson History Prize 2022 and has just been released in paperback: see https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/299/299123/devil-land/9780241285817.html


Wolfson History Prize 2022

After attending school in Edinburgh, I read History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and researched an MPhil in History at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales. I returned to Cambridge to complete a PhD on royalist ideas in late-seventeenth century Scotland at Sidney Sussex College, where I was later a Research Fellow. I moved to Trinity Hall in 2000 where I am now Senior Tutor.

I presented 'The Stuarts' (2014) and 'The Stuarts in Exile' series for BBC2 (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01lkn5l); these films have been repeated extensively on the BBC, London Live, PBS, SBS and other channels, and are available for purchase as DVDs: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stuarts-Exile-BBC-DVD/dp/B07HC3SSPJ/ref=sr_1_245?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1538302604&sr=1-245&keywords=DVD&refinements=p_n_binding_browse-bin%3A383381011

Clare Jackson is available for consultancy.

  • Stuart Britain 1603-1715
  • The politics of multiple monarchy in 17th century Britain
  • Seventeenth-century Scottish legal history
  • History of ideas in early modern Britain

Clare Jackson welcomes enquiries from prospective students wishing to work on all aspects of early modern British history, c.1500-c.1800.

PhD theses supervised include:

  • Amy Blakeway, Regency in Sixteenth-century Scotland (2009)
  • Alexander Campbell, The Political and Religious Thought of Robert Baillie (1602-1662) (2014)
  • Will Ferguson, Scottish-Irish Governmental Relations, 1660-1690 (2014)
  • Alice O'Driscoll, Women, Language and Agency in the British Civil Wars, 1638-1660 (in progress)
  • Elly Robson, Property, Custom and Conflict in seventeenth-century Fenland Drainage (2018)
  • Tom Tyson, The Persecution of Gypsies in Scotland 1571-1707 (in progress)

MPhil dissertations supervised include:

  • Cultivation as a metaphor in early modern English pedagogical literature, 1531-1644
  • Vernacular political poetry in Scotland, 1540-1584
  • Divine right, natural law and corporation theory in the political thought of William Barclay
  • The Scots’ Experience of Incivility c. 1590-1610
  • Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, Count of Gondomar, and the promotion of Spanish interests  at the court of James VI & I
  • Turning land to profit: surveyors, private property and contested geographies in early seventeenth-century enclosure
  • The intellectual context of the Scottish Engagement, 1647-1648
  • The Scottish influence on Irish Politics and Religion, 1649-1661
  • Precedent and Reform in the Upper Bench, 1649-1658
  • Roger L’Estrange, John Nalson and ‘Proto-Tory’ political ideas, 1677-1680
  • Anonymity and Psuedonymity in Restoration England, 1675-1685

  • Sir Matthew Hale, the common law and 'blasphemous words' in Rex v. Taylor (1675)
  • The Political, Dynastic and Religious Significance of Mary Stuart
  • George Savile, marquis of Halifax's 'Glorious Revolution', 1685-1695
  • Miscarriages of justice and the reputation of the Old Bailey criminal bench, 1695-1720
  • Patriotism in English Political Discourse, 1726-1742
  • The history of political thought to c.1700 and c.1700-1890
  • British political and constitutional history 1485-1715
  • Lectures on 'Eighteenth-century political thought from Montesquieu to Burke'; 'Early modern theories of Kingship'; 'Crime in early modern England'; 'Stuart Britain 1603-1714'
  • Co-convenor of Part II, Paper 19: 'Culture and identity in Britain's long eighteenth century' with Lawrence Klein
  • Co-convenor of Part I Themes & Sources: 'Utopian Writing c.1516-1789' option with Richard Serjeantson
  • Co-editor, The Historical Journal (2004-11)
  • Council Member, Stair Society (2000-5)


Tags & Themes


Trinity Hall
Cambridge CB2 1TJ

Office Phone: 01223 3 32511


Key Publications

Other Publications

  • 'Compassing Allegiance: Sir George Mackenzie and Restoration Scottish Royalism' in Justin Champion, John Coffey, Tim Harris & John Marshall eds., Politics, Religion and Ideas in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Mark Goldie (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2019), 121-39
  • 'Jonathan Swift's Peace of Utrecht', in Render de Bruin, Kornee van der Haven, Lotte Jensen & David Onnekink eds., Performances of Peace: Utrecht (1713) (Brill: Leiden, 2015), 142-58
  • ‘Pepys and Religion’ in Margarette Lincoln ed., Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire & Revolution (London: Thames & Hudson, 2015), 224-31
  • 'Religious latitude, secular theology and Sir Thomas Browne's influence in George Mackenzie's Religio Stoici (1663)', The Seventeenth Century, 29 (2014), 73-94
  • 'The later Stuart church as "national church" in Scotland and Ireland', in Grant Tapsell, ed., The later Stuart church, 1660-1714 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012), 127-49
  • 'Buchanan in Hell: Sir James Turner’s civil war royalism' in Roger Mason & Caroline Erskine, eds., George Buchanan: political thought in early modern Europe(Ashgate: Aldershot, 2012), 205-28
  • (with Patricia Glennie), 'Restoration politics and the advocates' secession, 1674-1676', Scottish Historical Review, 91 (2012), 76-105
  • 'Union historiographies', in T. M. Devine & Jenny Wormald, eds., The Oxford handbook of modern Scottish history (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 338-54
  • 'The Anglo-Scottish union negotiations of 1670', in Tony Claydon & Thomas N. Corns, eds., Religion, culture and the national community in the 1670s (University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 2011), 35-65
  • 'Conceptions of nationhood in the Anglo-Scottish union debates of 1707', in Scottish Historical Review, 87 (2008), Supplement 2: The Union of 1707: new interpretations, 61-77
  • (with Mark Goldie) ‘Williamite tyranny and the Whig Jacobites’, in Esther Mijers & David Onnekink eds., Redefining William III. The impact of the King-Stadholder in international context, (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2007), 177-99
  • 'Judicial torture, the liberties of the subject and Anglo-Scottish relations, 1660-1690' in T. C. Smout ed., 'Anglo-Scottish relations 1603-1914', Proceedings of the British Academy, 127 (2005), 75-101
  • 'The rage of Parliaments: The House of Commons, 1690-1715' (Review Article), Historical Journal, 48 (2005), 567-87
  • 'Assize of error and the independence of the criminal jury in Restoration Scotland', in Scottish Archives, 10 (2004), 1-25. This article was awarded the Royal Historical Society's David Berry Prize for 2004; see http://www.rhs.ac.uk/berrywin.htm.
  • 'Optimism and progress', in Martin Fitzpatrick, Peter Jones, Christa Knellwolf & Iain MacCalman eds., The Enlightenment world, (Routledge: London, 2004), 177-93
  • 'Revolution principles, ius naturae and ius gentium in early Enlightenment Scotland: the contribution of Sir Francis Grant, Lord Cullen (c.1660-1726)', in Tim Hochstrasser & Peter Schröder eds., Early modern natural law theories: contexts and strategies in the early Enlightenment, (Kluwer: Dordrecht, 2003), 107-40
  • 'Natural law and the construction of political sovereignty in early modern Scotland', in Ian Hunter & David Sanders eds., Natural law and civil sovereignty: moral right and state authority in early modern political thought, (Palgrave: Basingstoke, 2002), 155-69
  • 'The political theory of non-resistance in Restoration Scotland 1660-1688', in Robert von Friedeburg ed., Widerstandsrecht in der frühen Neuzeit, (Duncker & Humblot: Berlin, 2001), 305-28
  • 'Restoration & union', in John Haywood & Simon Hall eds., The Penguin atlas of British and Irish history, (Penguin: Harmondsworth, 2001), 138-41
  • 'Restoration to revolution: 1660-1690', in Glenn Burgess ed., The New British History. Founding a Modern State 1603-1715, (Tauris: London, 1999), 194-216
  • 'The paradoxical virtue of the historical romance: Sir George Mackenzie's Aretina and the civil wars' in John Young ed., Celtic dimensions of the British civil wars, (John Donald: Edinburgh, 1997), 205-25