Dr Rebecca Mason is an early modern historian, with expertise in Scottish gender, economic and legal history. She is interested in the daily lives of ordinary women from the past, and is currently completing a book on women’s property rights and navigation of legal systems in early modern Scotland. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Glasgow (2020), and has held 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). She is currently an Editorial Fellow at History Workshop Online and a Women’s History Network Early Career Fellow. She is an Early Career Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and was awarded runner-up in the Royal Historical Society’s David Berry Prize in 2021 for the best published article in Scottish history. She is an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and a Fellow of the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

Publications

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

‘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, 2020), 64-90. Awarded ‘runner-up’ in the 2021 Royal Historical Society’s David Berry Prize.

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

‘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.

Talks

Modernitas, January 2021
Núcleo de Estudos em História Moderna, IFCH-Unicamp
Women, Patriarchy and the Law in Early Modern Scotland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6kYxd-dhoQ

The Alan Watson Seminar in Legal History, University of Edinburgh, October 2020
With Her Consent? Patriarchy, Property and Law in Early Modern Scotland 
https://www.law.ed.ac.uk/news-events/events/alan-watson-seminar-legal-history-her-consent-patriarchy-property-and-law-early

Radio and Podcasts

Reddit AskHistorians Podcast, December 2020
Women in Medieval and Early Modern Scottish History
https://askhistorians.libsyn.com/askhistorians-podcast-episode-164-women-in-medieval-and-early-modern-scottish-history

BBC Radio Scotland ‘Time Travels’, July 2020
Glasgow Women and Yellow Formica
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000kqf6