Dr David Allan

MA (Edin.), PhD (Cantab.), FRHistS - Reader

Contact Details

E-mail - da2@st-and.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 462885
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914

Research Profile on Research@StAndrews

Teaching and Research Interests

Teaching and research activities span Scottish, British and European history from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, with particular interest in cultural and intellectual history, historiography, the history of ideas and political thought.

Main Publications

Authored Books

  • Understand Scottish History: A Teach Yourself Guide (2011)
  • Commonplace Books and Reading in Georgian England (2010) [Details]
  • Making British Culture: English Readers and the Scottish Enlightenment 1740-1830 (2008) [Details]
  • "A Nation of Readers": The Lending Library in Georgian England (2007) [Details]
  • Adam Ferguson (2006) [Details]
  • Scotland in the Eighteenth Century: Union and Enlightenment (2001)
  • Philosophy and Politics in Later Stuart Scotland: Neo-Stoicism, Culture and Ideology in an Age of Crisis, 1540-1690 (2000) [Details]
  • Virtue, Learning and the Scottish Enlightenment: Ideas of Scholarship in Early Modern History (1993) [Details]

Essays and Articles

Research Students

I am happy to supervise students undertaking research in the following areas:

Scottish Enlightenment.

The history of Scottish universities, especially St Andrews, since the eighteenth century.

Other aspects of cultural and intellectual history since the Reformation.

Some topics in British and European intellectual history in the period 1600-1900.

Administrative Duties

Chair of Scottish History Degree Committee

School Safety Co-Ordinator

Teaching Duties

Participates in the teaching of Second Level courses and offers the following Honours courses:

Participates in the teaching of the following Postgraduate course:

Main Publications

Commonplace Books


Philosophy and Politics


Virtue, Learning and the Scottish Enlightenment


Scotland in the Eighteenth Century


A Nation of Readers


Making British Culture