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Dr. Maureen Meikle 

Dr. Maureen MeikleBiography

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 I 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 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) and has been an external examiner at Durham University and the University of Sydney.

Teaching and Administration

As Head of Humanities, part of the Academic Leadership Group, Maureen is responsible for the academic leadership and development of this department which comprises English, History and Theology with Religious Studies. She teaches undergraduate modules on Early Modern British History, with particular emphasis on Women’s History and Social History.


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, the history of Elizabethan Berwick upon Tweed 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/Victoria County History Project), the Marc Fitch Fund, the Scouloudi Foundation and the Strathmartine Trust.

She supervised several MA and PhD students at the University of Sunderland and has acted as a referee for the publishers Arnold, Palgrave Macmillan and Sunderland University Press and the journals The Seventeenth Century, Archaeologia Aeliana and the Women’s History Magazine.



  • A British Frontier? Lairds and Gentlemen in the Eastern Anglo-Scottish Frontier, 1540-1603 (Tuckwell Press, 2004). ISBN 1 86232 261 9. xxii + 344pp.
  • Sunderland and its Origins: Monks to Mariners, with Christine M. Newman (Phillimore, 2007). ISBN 978-1-86077-479-9. viii + 220pp.
  • Elizabeth Ewan and Maureen M. Meikle, eds., Women in Scotland, c. 1100- c.1750 (Tuckwell Press, 1999). ISBN 1 86232 046 2. xxx + 272pp.
  • Jean Spence, Sarah Aiston & Maureen M. Meikle eds. Women, Education, and Agency, 1600-2000 (Routledge, 2009). ISBN: ISBN10: 0-415-99005-X (hbk) ISBN10: 0-203-88261-X (ebk) ISBN13: 978-0-415-99005-9 (hbk) ISBN13: 978-0-203-88261-0 (ebk).

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • 'A Godly rogue: the career of Sir John Forster, an Elizabethan Border Warden', an extended article for Northern History, vol 28 (1992), 126-163.
  • 'The Invisible Divide: the greater lairds and the nobility of Jacobean Scotland', Scottish Historical Review, vol 28 (April/October 1992), 70-87.
  • 'Northumberland Divided: Anatomy of a sixteenth-century bloodfeud', Archaeologia Aeliana, fifth series, vol 20 (1992), 79-89.
  • 'The sixteenth-century Border Lairds: a study of the links between wealth and house building', History of the Berwickshire Naturalist's Club, vol 46, part 1 (1993), 9-36.
  • 'Victims, viragos and vamps: Women of the 16th-Century Anglo-Scottish frontier' in J. C. Appleby & P. Dalton, eds. Government, Religion and Society in Northern England, c. 1000 to c. 1700 (Alan Sutton 1997), 172-184. ISBN 0-7509-1057-7.
  • '"Holde her at the economic rule of the house", Anna of Denmark and Scottish Court Finances 1589-1603', in Elizabeth Ewan and Maureen M. Meikle, eds., Women in Scotland, c. 1100- c.1750 (Tuckwell Press, 1999), 105-111. ISBN 1 86232 046 2.
  • ‘A meddlesome Princess: Anna of Denmark and Scottish Court politics, 1589-1603', in J. Goodare & M. Lynch, eds. The Reign of James VI (Tuckwell Press, 2000), 126-140. ISBN 1-86232-095-0.
  • 'The Later Stewarts and the British Stewarts' in R. Oram, ed. The Kings and Queens of Scotland (Tempus Publishing, 2001), 178-227. ISBN 0 7524 1988 9.
  • 'John Knox and womankind: a reappraisal', The Historian, 79 (Autumn 2003), 9-14. ISSN 0265-1076.
  • 'The Homes and the East March', in R. Oram & G. Stell, eds. Lordship and Architecture in Medieval and Renaissance Scotland (Birlinn/John Donald, 2005), 231-49. ISBN 0-85976-628-4.
  • ‘Flodden to the Marian Civil War, 1513-1573’, in B. Harris & A. Macdonald, eds. Scotland: The Making and Unmaking of the Nation c. 1100-1707 vol. 2 (Dundee University Press, 2007), 1-17. ISBN 1-84586-028-4.
  • 'Anna of Denmark's Coronation and Entry into Edinburgh, 1590: cultural, religious and diplomatic perspectives', in Julian Goodare and Alasdair A. MacDonald, eds. Sixteenth-Century Scotland: Essays in Honour of Michael Lynch, (Brill, 2008), 277-94. ISBN 978 90 04 16825 1.

Entries in reference works:

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004), eds. H.C.G. Matthews & B. Harrison.

  • Anna of Denmark. 7000 words. (with Helen M. Payne) Vol 2, 191-199. ISBN 0198613520.
  • John Armstrong of Gilnockie. 700 words. Vol 2, 425-27. ISBN 0198613520.
  • William (Piers) Cockburn. 200 words. Vol 12, 346. ISBN 0198613628.
  • Sir John Forster. 800 words. Vol 20, 414-15. ISBN 0198613709.
  • Alexander, fifth Lord Home. 1,900 words. Vol 27, 857-59. ISBN 0198613776.
  • George, fourth Lord Home. 650 words. Vol 28, 758-61. ISBN 0198613784.
  • Alexander, first earl of Home. 1,800 words. Vol 27, 859-61. ISBN 0198613776.
  • Andrew Ker of Ferniehirst. 650 words. Vol 31, 376-77. ISBN 0198613814.
  • Andrew Ker of Cessford. 1,000 words. Vol 31, 375-76. ISBN 0198613814.
  • Sir Thomas Ker of Ferniehirst. 1,200 words. Vol 31, 393-95. ISBN 0198613814.
  • The Selbies of Northumberland, c. 1540-1646. 1750 words. Vol 49, 687-89. ISBN 0198613997.

The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women eds. E. Ewan, S. Innes, R. Pipes & S. Reynolds (Edinburgh University Press, 2006), ISBN 0748617132.

  • Anna of Denmark, Queen of Scots (1574-1619) 600 words, 15.
  • Lilias of Ancrum (fl. 1500) 150 words, 206.
  • Jackie Crookstone (1768-97) 150 words, 86.
  • Janet Newton of Dalcove (c.1520-1566) 150 words, 283.
  • Alison Douglas (c. 1496-1530s) 150 words, 99.
  • Helen Guthrie (fl. 1596) 150 words, 153.
  • Marion Haliburton, Lady Hume (1520s-1550s) 150 words, 155.
  • Katherine Hugone (fl. 1598) 150 words, 172.
  • Dame Elizabeth Ker (c. 1470-1548) 150 words, 194.
  • Barbara Mackenzie (fl. 1617) 150 words, 229-30.
  • Helen Grahamslaw of Newton (c.1570-c.1600) 150 words, 144.
  • Janet Scott, Lady Ferniehirst (c. 1548-c.1595) 250 words, 316 (with Ruth Grant).
  • Henrietta Stewart, countess of Huntly (c. 1572 - 1642) 250 words, 340 (with Ruth Grant).
  • Margaret Stewart of Ochiltree (1548-1612) 200 words, 342.
  • Beatrix Weir (c.1590-c.1609) 150 words, 372.

Maureen Meikle has reviewed books for Archaeologia Aeliana, The English Historical Review, French History, History, Northern History, Parliamentary History, The Scottish Historical Review, The Sixteenth Century Journal, The Women's History Magazine, Women’s History Review.

Conference Papers and Public Lectures (since 2000)

  • 'Where are the Reivers? Dispelling myths about the Eastern Anglo-Scottish Borderers in the later-sixteenth century.' The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, Evening Lecture. 28. 6. 00
  • 'Early Modern Scotswomen: an exercise in recovering the female past.' Sunderland History Society Evening Lecture. 16. 11. 00
  • 'The Sixteenth Century Anglo-Scottish Borderland as a Frontier: Myth or Reality?' AHRB Centre for North-East England History and the Northern Europe History Research Network Conference on Regions and Borders of Northern Europe, University of Durham. 18. 9. 01
  • 'Sunderland in the seventeenth century.' Victoria County History Durham Trust Annual Meeting, University of Sunderland. 27.10.01
  • 'From Danish Princess to British Patroness: Anna of Denmark, consort of James VI & I.' Evening seminar for the Durham Early Modern Group. 30.1.02
  • 'British women in the sixteenth century: a monstrous regiment?' The Historical Association, Durham Branch. 21.1.03
  • 'The Patriarch and the Princess: theory and reality in the marriage of James VI and Anna of Denmark', James VI & I, 1567-1603-1625: Quartercentenary perspectives conference at the University of Reading. 10.7.03
  • 'Crime and Punishment in Northumberland and North Durham, 1540-1603', Association of Northumberland Local History Societies, Day School at Hexham. 24.4.04
  • 'Anna of Denmark and the politics of the Scottish Court, 1589-1603', Women's History Network Annual Conference, Hull. 4.9.04
  • 'The Sixteenth Century Anglo-Scottish Borders: a reappraisal', The Historical Association, Durham Branch. 19.10.04
  • 'From Lutheranism to Catholicism: the faith of Anna of Denmark (1574-1619) further explored', History Research Seminar, University of Sunderland. 14.03.05
  • 'An Incident at Stirling Castle, May 1603: gender, politics and medicine at the court of Anna, Queen of Scots', Research paper presented to the Department of History, University of Stirling. 5.5.05
  • 'In Search of the Reivers: a new look at the sixteenth-century Eastern Borders' The fourth Historic Hexham Lecture, Hexham Historic Trust and Hexham Local History Society, Northumberland. 19.10.05
  • 'Myth and reality in the sixteenth-century Anglo Scottish Borders', Lecture, Wearside U3A History Group, Sunderland. 11.01.06
  • ‘Queen Anna of Denmark (1574-1619): A Consort as Intercessor’, The Ritual and Rhetoric of Queenship Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University. 25.08.06
  • ‘Scots, English, or Borderer? Exploring the complexities of identity in the Anglo-Scottish Borderlands, 1513-1603’, 76th Anglo-American Conference, IHR, University of London. 5.07.07
  • ‘The artistic patronage and cultural reception of Queen Anna of Denmark (1574-1619), Britain’s first queen consort’, for the ‘Women, Gender and the Cultural Production of Knowledge’ Conference of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria. 11.08.07
  • 'Identities and complexities in the Anglo-Scottish Borderlands, 1513-1603', History Research Seminar: Borderlands Series, University of Dundee. 7.11.07
  • 'Sunderland Puritans in the early seventeenth century', Durham University Ecclesiastical History Reading Group. 2.05.08
  • 'Scottish reactions to the marriage of the Lady Elizabeth, "first dochter of Scotland"', paper for ‘"That all the world may wonder!" The Palatine Wedding of 1613, its Celebration and Significance' Conference at Exeter University. 8.09.08
  • 'Sunderland 1642-47: a hidden axis of the British Civil Wars' Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne Research Symposium 2008: The British Civil Wars in the North East. 4.10.08
  • 'Borderers and Catholics, 1540-1603: comparisons and contrasts', Lecture, North East Catholic History Society, Newcastle upon Tyne. 1.04.09
  • 'From Lutheranism to Catholicism: the faith of Anna of Denmark (1574-1619) further explored', research seminar, University of St Andrews, Institute of Scottish Historical Research. 30.04.09

Other areas of interest/expertise

  • Elected Convenor of the National Steering Committee of the Women's History Network, 2004-2006 and committee member, 2002-2006.
  • Treasurer, trustee and fundraiser of the Victoria County History of Durham Trust, 2001 to 2009 and committee member, 1998-2009.
  • Elected to the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne and their Research Committee, 2001 to 2009.
  • 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.
  • Organiser, ‘The British Civil Wars in the North East’, The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne research symposium, 4 October 2008.
  • Co-organiser, ‘Thinking Women: Education, Culture and Society’, Women's History Network 15th Annual Conference, University of Durham, 1-3 September 2006.
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