Cargoes of Women: Ill-Repute

This is part four of ‘Cargoes of Women’. For part one, please click here. For part two, please click here. For part three, please click here. Georgian Britain suffered from a surplus women problem. With each passing census, its...

Cargoes of Women: A Numbers Game

This is part three of ‘Cargoes of Women’. For part one, please click here. For part two, please click here. At the heart of the Victorian surplus-women-problem debate was the 1851 British census. In this mighty document lay the...

Cargoes of Women: The Maids

This is part two of 'Cargoes of Women'. For part one, please click here. Scottish editors were a cheeky lot. Although I do my best, I cannot possibly begin to share the dozens of sweet, saucy and utterly bizarre...

Cargoes of Women: The Undocumented

As I slowly trawl through the pages of the Scottish press, I now and then come across a humorous anecdote, a winking satire, or a ludicrous lampoon. For the most part, I have shared these as research notes. Yet,...

AcWriMo: Aims, Ideals and Challenges

November is writing month, whether its a novel, an academic book or that grant proposal you have been putting off because of mounting pressures from work, home and life in general. But, as my stack of half-completed articles now...