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Maureen Meikle

Professor Maureen Meikle

Professor of Early Modern History

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Education / Academic qualification

  • Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Professional Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,

    31 Oct 2014 -
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland,

    30 Nov 1993 -
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society,

    2 Dec 2004 -
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London,

    13 Oct 2005 -


Maureen Meikle studied a traditional Scottish MA in General Arts (with honours) followed by a PhD on 'Lairds and Gentlemen, a study of the Landed Families of the Eastern Anglo-Scottish Borders, circa 1540-1603' (awarded in 1989) at the University of Edinburgh. Thereafter she was successively the Acting Archivist at Heriot Watt University, a 0.5 Lecturer in early modern History at the University of Warwick and Bristol Polytechnic (now the University of the West of England), Tutor for the Open University in Scotland, Fulbright Visiting Professor of British History (Robertson Chair), at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, U.S.A., and a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sunderland.


She is currently a Vice-President of the Surtees Society and sits on the Management Committee of the journal Northern History. Maureen is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1993), Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2004) and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2005). She was a UK Mentor, 2008-09, 2011-12 and is a reviewer of award applications 2011 to the US-UK Fulbright Commission. She was an elected Convenor of the National Steering Committee of the Women's History Network, 2004-2006 and committee member, 2002-2006. She was elected to the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne and their Research Committee, 2001 to 2009. Maureen was treasurer, trustee and fundraiser of the Victoria County History of Durham Trust, 2001 to 2009 and a committee member, 1998-2009 She was also a member of the management committee of strand one of AHRB Centre for North-East England History, 'Space, Time and Boundaries', University of Teesside, 2000 to 2005.

Maureen has been an external examiner of theses at Durham University, the University of Auckland and University of Sydney. She has also been an external examiner for BA History programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently an external for BA History at the University of South Wales (Carleon Campus).

Research interests

Maureen Meikle’s main area of research is in the field of Early Modern British History. She has specialist knowledge of the sixteenth century Anglo-Scottish Borderlands, the History of Sunderland 1500-1719 and the life and times of Anna of Denmark – consort of King James VI & I (1574-1619).

She has previously received research and publication grant income from the Heritage Lottery Fund England’s Past For Everyone Project(Victoria County History), the Marc Fitch Fund, the Scouloudi Foundation and the Strathmartine Trust.

Maureen Meikle has reviewed monographs for Ashgate, Arnold, Edinburgh University Press, Guelph Series in Scottish Studies, Manchester University Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Sunderland University Press. She has also reviewed books for Archaeologia AelianaContinuity and Change, the English Historical Review, French History, History, Northern History, Parliamentary History, The Scottish Historical Review, The Sixteenth Century Journal, The Women's History Magazine and Women’s History Review.She was an advisor for the early modern Scotswomen section of The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women eds. E. Ewan, S. Innes, R. Pipes & S. Reynolds (Edinburgh University Press, 2006).

Based on her research for the Victoria Country History of Durham (Sunderland project) she was the historical consultant to the City of Sunderland and the Sealed Knot re-enactment of the Battle of Hylton (1644) attended by over 10,000 people, 14-15 August 2010.

Teaching and Administration

Maureen in currenltly programme leader of the BA History degree. She teaches undergraduate modules on Early Modern British History, with particular emphasis on Women’s History and Social History.

Willingness to take PhD. students



Early Modern History - Britain, Scotland, Social, Cultural, Women/Gender, Anglo-Scottish Borders