How to stage a riot in 1690s Scotland, 19 April

22 February 2023
Songs, rhymes, print propaganda... there were many ways to stir 'the people' into a frenzy in 1690s Scotland! Join us for an exclusive illustrated talk by Dr Laura Doak.

19 April 2023, 6.30pm UK time


Focusing on key riotous case studies, this 45-minute Zoom talk will think about how and why Scots might be prepared to make a stand against those in government. 

It's tempting to think of mass political participation and public debate as features of our own 'postmodern' age, but look deeper and it's clear they were already deeply entrenched in Scottish political culture by the end of the 17th century - and even used to exchange ideas on many of the issues we are still debating today.


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Event details

Join Dr Laura Doak for a live c.45-minute illustrated online talk on  19 April, followed by approximately 30 minutes of questions from the audience. The registration fee includes on-demand access to the event recording (released the following day) for 7 days after the broadcast.

The event will be chaired by Dr Allan Kennedy, Lecturer in History at the University of Dundee and consultant editor of History Scotland magazine.

Registration fee: £10 - includes 7-day access to the event recording. Starts 6.30pm UK time. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate. Got a question about booking? E-mail Rachel Bellerby. 

Speaker details

Dr Laura Doak is a historian of political culture and popular political participation.

She completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2020 with a doctoral thesis titled: “On Street and Scaffold: The People and Political Culture in Restoration Scotland, c.1678-1685”. Now based at the University of Dundee, she is currently a Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Scottish Privy Council Project. She also serves as convenor of the Economic and Social History Society of Scotland.



(Image copyright Rijks Museum)