Plantation and Civility in the Hebrides and in Ulster, c1541-1639 HIST4247

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore the expropriation of lands in the Hebrides and in the north of Ireland during the reign of James VI, 1567-1625, and the subsequent plantation of non-Gaelic speaking peoples in areas which had hitherto been Gaelic speech communities. This contentious topic will be explored from several perspectives and an emphasis will be placed on the need to accommodate, if not reconcile, differing points of view.


1x1 hr lecture; 1x1hr seminars per week over 10 weeks as scheduled in My Campus.

This is one of the Honours options in History and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus. 

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History, Celtic Civilisation, Celtic Studies and Gaelic and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation 

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,500 words) - 20%

Seminar presentation of 10 minutes accompanied with handout and powerpoint - 10%

Seminar participation - 10%

Examination (2-hour duration) - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:


■ develop the intellectual and analytical skills acquired during the first and second years.

■ provide students with an overview of the plantation process in both the Hebrides and in Ulster at the beginning of the seventeenth century.

■ apply historical analysis in understanding Gaelic Society and its interaction with the Anglophone & Scotophone world from Gaelic as well as from non-Gaelic perspectives.

■ develop an understanding of the rationale and motivations of planters.

■ make students aware of historiographical issues in plantation history.

■ help develop critical and analytical skills through the close reading of sources by studying historical documents (in translation where necessary).

■ develop primary source research and essay writing skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ give a coherent description of the forces at work in the plantation process incorporating contrasting perspectives.

■ discuss critically the distinctive features of Gaelic society in the Hebrides and Ulster and their responses to plantation.

■ evaluate the pressures and motivations at play in moving people from (England and) Scotland to undertake plantation in the Hebrides and Ulster.

■ engage with and comment on historical analysis as it applies to Plantation in the Hebrides and Ulster.

■ contextualise and analyse a number of primary sources (accessed either in English, Scots or in Gaelic, in translation, as may be necessary).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.