Mark Shearwood

Mark Shearwood


I obtained my BA degree in Leadership and Management in 2014 from Anglia Ruskin university while working full time for an international courier company. In 2018 I earned a MA in War and Strategy from the University of Leeds. My MA thesis ‘The Plug Bayonet: Reputation and Reality analysed the development and impact of the plug bayonet on English army tactics. My thesis formed the basis of my first book, The Perfection of Military Discipline: The Plug Bayonet and the English Army 1660 – 1705 (Warwick: Helion & Co, 2020).

I am a postgraduate researcher in the School of History at the University of Leeds. My thesis focuses on issues of religion, identity and loyalty in the army of James II and William III.


AHC Faculty Research Dissemination Award: 2018/19 Round 4 July 2019

University of Leeds School of History Extraordinary Fund: February 2019 & November 2019

Catholic Record Society: David Rogers Research Fund Award: 2019

The Society for Army Historical Research: Minor Grant: 2019

Royal Historical Society/Adam Matthews Digital collection subscription award: 2020


The Perfection of Military Discipline: The Plug Bayonet and the English Army 1660 – 1705 (Warwick: Helion & Co, 2020

‘William of Orange and the Glorious Revolution’, Arquebusier: Journal of the Pike and Shot Society. 35.6 (2017), 26-35.

Shearwood, Mark, ‘Parliament’s Generals; Supreme Command & Politics During the British Wars 1642-51, by Malcolm Wanklyn’ in Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, 98 (2020), 89-90.


HIST1300 Primary Sources for the Historian: 2019-2020, The Glorious Revolution 1688-90.

Module design including palaeography (print and handwriting) exercises designed for first year undergraduate, hands-on archive sessions and utilising mixed media pedagogical approaches and methods. 

Conference Organiser:   

Preparation for Battle: University of Leeds, 19th to 20th June 2019

Conference Papers:       

‘English Military Discipline and the Plug Bayonet in the Late Seventeenth Century’, Preparation for Battle Conference: University of Leeds, 19th to 20th June 2019

‘The De-Catholicisation of the English Establishment and its Rebirth’, New Voices in the History of War Conference, All Souls College, Oxford 12th July 2019.

‘The Plug Bayonet: Myths and Miss-information’, Weapons in Society, Royal Armouries, Leeds, 26th September 2019

Jacobitism & War Conference, Jacobite Studies Florence, Florence 24-26 May 2020.  ancelled due to Covid19

‘To Fight for the Emperor, Irish Troops in the Service of the Habsburg Empire 1689-90’, EMQuon The Early Modern Quarantine Conference, #EMQuon  26th June 2020

‘Loyalty and Identity, Irish Troops in the Service of the Habsburg Empire’, The Northern Early Modern Network Conference, University of Edinburgh 26th – 27th November 2020.

Public Engagement        

‘The Transition of the English Army from James II to William III’,  Defending the Crown: Armies of the Late Stuart Monarchs, National Army Museum, 21st September 2019.

‘The Plug Bayonet: Changing the Face of Battle’, Public Winter Lecture Series, Royal Armouries Leeds, 14th October 2020.

Workshop Design:         

Co-designer and facilitator of ‘How to get the most out of research seminars’ for Leeds Excellence in the Arts Programme (LEAP) at the University of Leeds 2018/19

Manuscript to Memorandum 2019-2020: Design of a workshop looking at identifying and accounting for bias in the translation and transcribing of Early Modern primary sources. Introducing methodological solutions to non-standardised spelling.


Final Year Project mentor 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Mentoring final year undergrad students during their dissertations as well students enrolled in the LEAP program.

Panel Membership:       

University of Leeds REF2021 Circumstances Panel (2019-2020) Assessing declarations of circumstances requiring judgement and identifying an appropriate reduction in output in relation to REF2021 and the University’s Code of Practice.


Men, Women, and Care Date Entry Internship (2019-2020)
Date entry of social and demographic information drawn from the National Archives (Pin-26) as part of a European Research Council funded project.


Early Career Member: Royal Historical Society

Research interests

My research interests primarily lie in the late seventeenth century England and Europe. I have a particular interest in the Glorious Revolution, and the reigns King James II and King William III.

I am currently researching the transition of the English army from the Catholic James II to the Protestant William III, and I am interested in aspects of Religious Identity, Constructed Identity, State Loyalty vs Religious or Personal Loyalty, Religious Conflict & Marginalisation within the military and its impact on the wider community.

I also have a research interest in the plug bayonet and late seventeenth century military technology and tactics. 

Completed my BA in Leadership and Management at Anglea Ruskin University, graduating in 2014.

Completed a MA in War and Strategy at the University of Leeds with my Dissertation of the English Plug Bayonet, graduating in 2018.  


  • BA Leadership and Management
  • MA War and Strategy