Roslyn Potter

Research title: 'By my own hand’: Women’s manuscript collection, song culture and bawdry in early modern Scotland (1611–1704)

Contact: r.potter.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Research Summary

‘By my own hand’: Women’s manuscript collection, song culture and bawdry in early modern Scotland (1630–1690).

My PhD research explores the identity and inner workings of a scattered group of literate women who collected songs into their private manuscripts. Many of these songs feature thematically 'bawdy' material which illuminates ways in which early modern women engaged with traditionally subversive topics in a domestic setting. 

The contents, function, and owners of these unique sources reveal previously hidden networks of educated, literary and musical women, offering new theories for reassessing women’s involvement in the development of seventeenth-century Scottish culture. 

Grants

  • SGSAH AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarship, September 2021
  • Edwin Morgan Scolarship for Research in Scottish Literature, September 2020
  • Carnegie Vacation Scholarship, June–August 2019

Conference

Past

'Lilias Skene: Quaker Poet and Social Activist in Seventeenth-Century Aberdeen', Symposium for Seventeenth-Century Scottish Literature (online), February 2021.

'John Forbes’s Songs and Fancies: the musical and printing legacy of seventeenth century Aberdeen', Northern Early Modern Network Conference, Newcastle University, 2022.

Upcoming

'John Forbes's Songs and Fancies and its contribution to transnational music, print, and politics', International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures 3rd World Congress, Prague 2022. 

Additional Information

Affiliations 

Research assitant on The Wayfarers: confronting the past through history and traditional music education in schools