Dr Rebecca Mason

Historian, researcher, editor.

I am a historian, editor and researcher, with expertise in Scottish gender, legal and social history and feminist legal studies. I am interested in women’s access to civil justice in the past and today, and I’m currently writing two books: a monograph on women’s navigation of legal systems and property relationships in early modern Scotland, and a co-edited book with Professor Jane Mair on gender and civil justice in Scotland in historical and legal perspective.

I hold an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded PhD in History from the University of Glasgow (awarded 2020, as part of the UK-wide network ‘Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice: Britain and Ireland, c. 1100-c.1750‘), and have held funded postdoctoral positions at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (funded by the Economic History Society) and the University of Glasgow (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council). I am currently an Editorial Fellow at History Workshop Online, a digital radical history magazine and sister publication of History Workshop Journal.

I am passionate about promoting women’s history in Scotland and tackling issues surrounding gender inequality and “inclusive justice”. I am currently a Steering Committee member of Women’s History Scotland and a council member of the Stair Society. I was elected an Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2022, and was awarded runner-up in the Royal Historical Society’s David Berry Prize in 2021 for the best published article in Scottish history for an article on married women’s testaments. I am an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and a Fellow of the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

I regularly post about my research on Twitter: @rmason717. My email address is Rebecca.Mason@glasgow.ac.uk.


Journal articles
‘Introduction: Recovering the Communities and Margins of Early Modern Scotland’, Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 12 (2021), 1-11.

‘Women, Marital Status and Law: The Marital Spectrum in Seventeenth-Century Glasgow’, Journal of British Studies 54: 8, (2019), 787-804.

Book chapters
‘Property over Patriarchy? Remarried Widows as Litigants in the Records of Glasgow’s Commissary Court, 1615-1694,’ Litigating Women: Gender and Justice in Europe, c.1300-c.1800, eds Teresa Phipps and Deborah Youngs (London: Routledge, 2022), 133-151.

‘Married Women’s Testaments: Division and Distribution of Movable Property in Seventeenth-Century Glasgow’, Gender, Law and Material Culture: Immobile Property and Mobile Goods in Early Modern Europe, ed Annette Cremer (London: Routledge, 2021), 64-90. Awarded ‘runner-up’ in the 2021 Royal Historical Society’s David Berry Prize.

Married Women, Property and Paraphernalia in Early Modern Scotland’, Gender, Law and Economic Wellbeing in Early Modern and Modern Europe, eds Anna Bellavitis and Beatrice Zucca Micheletto (London: Routledge, 2018), 200-214.

I have reviewed books for Law and Humanities, Women’s History Review, the Journal of Family History, Cultural and Social History, Continuity and Change, Reviews in History, the Innes Review and Scottish Historical Review.

I’ve also written articles for History Workshop Online, Engender and Women’s History Network.

Digital content

Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service: Doors Open Day, Parliament House, August 2021
Women in the Court of Session
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For the transcript click here.

University of Glasgow, School of Law Podcast
Women, Marriage and the Law in Scotland

Reddit AskHistorians Podcast, December 2020
Women in Medieval and Early Modern Scottish History

BBC Radio Scotland ‘Time Travels’, July 2020
Glasgow Women and Yellow Formica