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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 previously held the the inaugural Scottish Studies Foundation Chair - the first privately endowed Chair in Scottish Studies in North America - at the Univesity of Guelph (2004-2013). There he was Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies and remains Adjunct Professor of History.

Best known for his conceptualisation of Unionist Nationalism, Graeme Morton's 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 (2004-2013) 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’ was funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC 430220; 2013-15). This work underpins his forthcoming monograph: Weather, Migration and the Scottish Diaspora (Routledge, 2020).

In collaboration with Kris Inwood and John Cranfield (University of Guelph), he has received funding in excess of CAN$1m to create research infrstructue from the Scottish and Canadian Victorian censuses. 'People in Motion: Historical Data Infrastructure for Longitudinal Research', CFI/MRI 26587 (2011-15); and 'Public use microdata samples of the 1871 census of Canada and the 1871 Census of Scotland', CFI/MRI 12603 (2007-11).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989

External positions

Editor, Scottish Historical Review



  • JN1187 Scotland
  • Unionist Nationalism
  • Diaspora
  • Nationalism

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Research Output

William Wallace: A national tale

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Partners in empire: the Scottish diaspora since 1707

    Morton, G. & Bueltmann, T., 4 Jan 2019, British and Irish Diasporas: Societies, Cultures and Ideologies. MacRaild, D. M., Bueltmann, T. & Clark, J. C. D. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 209-243 35 p.

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

    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

    The modern Scottish diaspora. Contemporary debates and perspectives

    Morton, G., 2019, In : National Identities. 21, 2, p. 217-219 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

    Alistair Mutch, Religion and National Identity: Governing Scottish Presbyterianism in the Eighteenth Century

    Morton, G., May 2017, In : Journal of Scottish Historical Studies. 37, 1, p. 103-104 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


    Historical Conversations

    Graeme Morton (Speaker)
    13 Mar 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

    Invited Public Lecture

    Graeme Morton (Speaker)
    17 Sep 2016

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

    The Culture of Weather Watching in an Age of Innovation

    Graeme Morton (Presenter)
    14 Dec 2016

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

    Brexit - the consequences

    Graeme Morton (Invited speaker)
    16 Sep 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Adaptations to Meteorological Variation: indications from Scotland's history

    Graeme Morton (Speaker)
    7 Apr 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited 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