My name is Rebecca Mason. I am a historian of early modern Scotland, with expertise in gender and legal history. Having completed a BA (Hons) in History and English Literature and an MA in Early Modern History at Queen’s University, Belfast, I then moved to Glasgow in 2015 to commence an AHRC-funded PhD under the supervision of Professor Alexandra Shepard and Dr Karin Bowie. After I was awarded my PhD in 2020 I undertook an Economic History Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London). I then returned to Glasgow in October 2020 to complete my second postdoctoral project, kindly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. I am currently preparing a monograph on women and the law in early modern Scotland. I have published several journal articles and book chapters related to my research. Please feel free to email me if you would like to read any of my below 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.


Modernitas, January 2021
Núcleo de Estudos em História Moderna, IFCH-Unicamp
Women, Patriarchy and the Law in Early Modern Scotland

The Alan Watson Seminar in Legal History, University of Edinburgh, October 2020
With Her Consent? Patriarchy, Property and Law in Early Modern Scotland

Radio and Podcasts

Reddit AskHistorians Podcast, December 2020
Women in Medieval and Early Modern Scottish History

BBC Radio Scotland ‘Time Travels’, July 2020
Glasgow Women and Yellow Formica