Professor R A Houston
Professor R A Houston

Professor R A Houston

MA (St. And.), PhD (Cantab.), FRHistS, FAE, FRSE

Contact Details

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Telephone - +44 (0)1334 462901
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914

Research Profile on Research@St Andrews




Teaching and Research Interests

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Academia Europaea

Teaches principally English social history, c.1500-1800. He researches Scottish and English social history c.1450-1850 but has published in many areas of European social history including literacy, urbanisation, medical history and demography. For current projects see Curriculum Vitae (May 2013).

Read Professor Houston's Spotlight feature on the St Andrews School of History wordpress blog

Main Publications

  • Houston, R. . R. (2010). What did the Royal Almoner do in Britain and Ireland, c.1450-1700?. English Historical Review, 125(513), 279-313 doi: 10.1093/ehr/ceq046
  • Scottish Literacy and the Scottish Identity: Literacy and Society in Scotland and England, 1660-1850  (Cambridge University Press, 1989) [Details]
  • Literacy in Early Modern Europe: Culture and Education, 1500-1800  (Longman, 1989; Italian translation, 1996) [Details]
  • The Population History of Britain and Ireland, 1500-1750  (MacMillan, 1991)
  • Social Change in the Age of Enlightenment: Edinburgh, 1660-1760  (Oxford University Press, 1994)
  • Madness and Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland  (Oxford University Press, 1999) [Details]
  • (with Uta Frith), Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue  (Blackwell, 2000) [Details]
  • (edited with W W Knox) The New Penguin History of Scotland: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day  (Penguin, 2001) [Details]
  • Scotland: a very short introduction. (Oxford University Press, 2008) [Details]
  • Punishing the dead? Suicide, lordship and community in Britain, 1500-1830 [Details]
  • Round table review in Britain and the world 4, 2 (2011), 303-20.

Other publications and full Research Profile available on Research@St Andrews

Teaching Duties

Participates in the teaching of First and Second Level Modern History, taught Postgraduate programs and offers the following Honours courses:

Research Students

  • Richard Bide


Main Publications

Autism in History

Scottish History