Publications

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.

Blog

What’s in surname?‘, History Workshop
In Britain today, 9 out of 10 women marrying men will change their name on marriage. Here I discuss the history of female name changing after marriage in Britain, arguing that reference to tradition is not necessarily rooted in history.

Divorce and women’s rights in Scottish history‘, Engender
Here I explore the complex history of divorce law in Scotland in the context of married women’s rights.

Women accessing justice in early modern Scotland’, Women’s History Network
Here I reflect on my research on women’s navigation of legal systems and property relationships in early modern Scotland.

Cohabitation in Scotland: Lessons from history‘, University of Glasgow’s School of Law Blog
Here I trace the long history of cohabitation in Scotland from the early modern period to the present day and investigate the changing effects of cohabitation on the property rights of Scottish women throughout history.

Digital content

BBC Radio Scotland ‘Time Travels’, January 2023
Cabbage, Surnames and Dungeons
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001gvy7

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

University of Glasgow, School of Law Podcast
Women, Marriage and the Law in Scotland
https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/law/podcast/rebecca-mason/

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

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