Professor Murray Pittock - History Scotland editorial board


14 December 2020
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Learn more about the work of Professor Murray Pittock, one of the members of the History Scotland magazine Editorial Board

Murray Pittock MAE FRSE is Bradley Professor and Pro Vice-Principal at the University of Glasgow, where he has served in senior leadership roles since 2008. Outside the University, he serves on the National Trust for Scotland Board and as the Trust’s Scottish History Adviser; he also works closely with the National Museum, National Galleries and National Library of Scotland.

A prize lecturer of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the British Academy, Murray has held visiting appointments at Yale, New York University, Notre Dame, Trinity College, Dublin, Charles University, Prague, South Carolina and other institutions, and has appeared on the media in 55 countries on culture, politics, history and society. He is always keen to learn from people and cultures internationally.

His research has in the words of a recent citation ‘re-orientated thinking in every area about which he has written’, and he was recently elected to Academia Europaea, the European Academy, for his work on Scottish Studies in a Global Context.

Current projects include the £1M Collected Works of Allan Ramsay, The Global History of Scotland for Yale, and a study of the British Army in Scotland from 1746-60. Murray’s recent books include Enlightenment in a Smart City: Edinburgh in the First Age of Enlightenment, 1680-1750 (2019), on the evidence for the Scottish Enlightenment as a pre-Union phenomenon, The Oxford Burns: the Scots Musical Museum (2 vols, 2018), which offered evidence for the removal of fifty songs from the Burns canon, Culloden (2016), the first study of the battle in history and memory and Material Culture and Sedition (2013), which showed how treason has been communicated by art, flowers and garden design.