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Graeme Morton is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for Scottish Culture at the University of Dundee; he was previously the inaugural Scottish Studies Foundation Chair and Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph in Canada (2004-2013). Best known for his conceptualisation of Unionist Nationalism, his research interests focus on national identity, civil society, migration and diasporic studies.

His publications include William Wallace: A National Tale (Edinburgh, 2014), The Scottish Diaspora (with T. Bueltmann and A. Hinson, Edinburgh, 2013), Ourselves and Others: Scotland 1832-1914 (Edinburgh, 2012), William Wallace: Man & Myth (Stoud, 2001), and Unionist-Nationalism (East Linton, 1999) He co-edited Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples (Montreal, 2013) and Ties of Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora (Guelph, 2009). Professor Morton has edited the International Review of Scottish Studies (2005-2013) and the Scottish Historical Review (2014-2018).

As well as continuing to work on Scottish national identity and unionist nationalism, his current research on the Scottish diaspora is focused around migration and meteorological variation: His current project ‘Extreme Weather and Patterns of Emigration: Scotland, 1770-1988’. Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh

External positions

Editor, Scottish Historical Review



  • JN1187 Scotland
  • Unionist Nationalism
  • Diaspora
  • Nationalism

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Research Output 1994 2017

Unionist Nationalism: Governing Urban Scotland, 1830-1860

Morton, G. 1999 East Linton: Tuckwell Press. 239 p. (Scottish Historical Review Monographs; no. 6)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

William Wallace: A national tale

Morton, G. 6 Oct 2014 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 257 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Medieval Period

Ourselves and Others: Scotland 1832-1914

Morton, G. Jul 2012 2 ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 320 p. (The New History of Scotland)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Bruce, Wallace, and the Diminished Present, 1800-1964

Morton, G. 1 Jan 2017 Scotland and the First World War: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Bannockburn. Plain, G. (ed.). Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, p. 27 45 p. 2. (Aperçus: Histories Texts Cultures)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Applying the diasporic lLens to identity and empire in twentieth-century Scotland

Morton, G. 15 Jul 2015 Scotland, Empire and Decolonisation in the Twentieth Century. Glass, B. S. & MacKenzie, J. M. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 44-64 21 p. (Studies in Imperialism)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Activities 2005 2018

Historical Conversations

Morton, G. (Speaker)
13 Mar 2018

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Adaptations to Meteorological Variation: indications from Scotland's history

Morton, G. (Speaker)
7 Apr 2016

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Brexit - the consequences

Morton, G. (Invited speaker)
16 Sep 2016

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

The Culture of Weather Watching in an Age of Innovation

Morton, G. (Presenter)
14 Dec 2016

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Tartan Day and William Wallace: A National Tale

Morton, G. (Speaker)
9 Apr 2016

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk


Jewish Identity and Attitudes toward Militarism in Scotland c.1898 to the 1920s

Author: Hansen, K., 2015

Supervisor: Kenefick, W. (Supervisor) & Morton, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy