Dr Rachel Wilson


I completed my PhD in history at Queen's Univeristy Belfast in 2013. My first book, Elite Women in Ascendancy Ireland, 1690-1745: Imitation and Innovation, was published by Boydell and Brewer in 2015. I am currently working as the Research Fellow on the interdisciplinary, Leverhulme-funded Sheridan project, examining and reproducing the political works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816). I am also a member of the Textual Histories group in the School for English.

Research interests

My research interests revolve around elite women in Ireland and Britain during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I am especially interested in the political, social and cultural roles of the vicereines of Ireland, (the wives of the country’s Lords Lieutenant) between 1688 and 1801.

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  • PhD History, Queen's University Belfast
  • MA History, Queen's University Belfast
  • BA (Hons) History, Queen's University Belfast

Research groups and institutes

  • Textual Histories Research Group