Professor Don MacRaild

Prof Don MacRaild


Don is Professor of British and Irish History at the University of Ulster. He previously held chairs of History at the University of Northumbria and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to that, Don held lectureships at the universities of Northumbria and Sunderland. He is a Lancastrian with Scottish roots on both sides of his family. He was born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness. He has produced nine books or pamphlets and numerous articles and chapters. His most recent books are a study of Orangeism in Victorian England and an Irish Economic and Social History Society pamphlet on the Irish in Britain. He has been an expert reviewer for the IRCHSS, ESRC, Wellcome, as well as for many international journals.

The English Diaspora

Don was inspired to explore the English Diaspora because the English have had very little exposure to the historian's gaze; this does not mean, however, that they had no ethnic presence. The key to this oversight is this: in the first waves of immigration in the mid-18th century the Americans were English-in terms of core values, religion, beliefs, principles. In the 19th century, in the age of the great migrations, the English were thought to assimilate into a culture which, after all, their forebears made. Hence the English became 'invisible immigrants'. But this plainly isn't true.


Don has several overlapping fields of research expertise, including: the Irish in Britain and the wider British World; the history of the Orange Order outside Ireland; the history of labour and social organization; and ethnicity and ethnic conflict in the nineteenth century. He is also interested in the application of theory to historical research and in research methods.

Select Publications

[with Tanja Bueltmann and David Gleeson], 'Invisible Diaspora? English Ethnicity in the United States before 1920', Journal of American Ethnic History 33, 4 (2014), pp. 5-30.
[with Tanja Bueltmann], 'Globalising St George: English Associations in the Anglo-World to the 1930s', Journal of Global History, 7.1 (2012), pp. 79-105.
[as editor with Tanja Bueltmann and David Gleeson], Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012).
'Child-Stripping in the Victorian City', Urban History (Forthcoming 2012).
The Irish Diaspora in Britain, 1750-1939, enlarged second edition (Macmillan, 2010).

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