Savagery and Sadness Part 3: the Ettricks get married

In 1752 William married Catherine Wharton (1730?-1794), the daughter of a mayor of Durham. As was reported in Read’s Weekly Journal Or British Gazetteer (London, England), Saturday, February 8, 1752: ‘Last Monday was married William Ettrick of High Barnes … William was about 26 years old. He obtained a fine wife, it would appear, at marriage. AfterContinue reading “Savagery and Sadness Part 3: the Ettricks get married”

On the history of misogyny

The last two days have seen another blow against sexism with the Bank of England announcing that Jane Austen will appear on the ten-pound banknote; ensuring that women are not erased entirely from UK currency. The campaign to achieve this has been hailed as a feminist landmark in the media. However, the organiser and faceContinue reading “On the history of misogyny”

Savagery and Sadness in Eighteenth Century Sunderland Part 2: The eccentric Justice Ettrick

William Ettrick (1726-1808), a justice of the peace, inherited his estate at High Barnes, Bishop Wearmouth, in 1752 at around 26 years old. The Ettrick family rented the rights to run the Sunderland ferry from the Bishop of Durham. This made a very decent profit as it was the only way to cross the River Wear.[1]Continue reading “Savagery and Sadness in Eighteenth Century Sunderland Part 2: The eccentric Justice Ettrick”

Savagery and Sadness in Sunderland in the 18th Century

My PhD and first book explored married life from 1660 to 1800 through records of marital conflict that included quarter sessions records, church court cases, and newspaper advertisements. All of it was written up and has gone off to live its life out there in the academic netherworld. Yet, there are some marriages which haveContinue reading “Savagery and Sadness in Sunderland in the 18th Century”

Marriage, surnames and identity

I’ve written this post because BBC Radio Leeds asked me to contribute to the Mark Forrest show (22 July 2013) featuring a discussion of a recent survey’s findings on the numbers of women keeping their maiden name at marriage. To listen, click here. Arbutus Free Wedding Stock Photography, Creative Commons 3.0 The survey was carriedContinue reading “Marriage, surnames and identity”

Grappling with Continuity and Change in the History of Masculinities

Alexandra Shepard and Garthine Walker wrote a thought-provoking introduction to their edited volume Gender and Change: Agency, Chronology and Periodisation (2009). One of the things they consider is that women’s history still struggles to reconcile the long view of continuity with local particularity. They also reflect: Neither have questions of chronology and periodisation been atContinue reading “Grappling with Continuity and Change in the History of Masculinities”

The Sailor’s Farewell

Naval and military men were frequently imagined returning home in the later Georgian period. The Sailor’s Farewell and Happy Return was a ubiquitous version.Julius Caesar Ibbetson’s The Married Sailor’s Return Home, 1795, restores the father safely to the bosom of his family and tenderly evokes his reunion with his young, clinging children.  Ceramics were popularContinue reading “The Sailor’s Farewell”

Embedding and embodying gender in history

This post is based on a paper I gave in 2010 when I was asked to think about gender history. I’d been thinking hard about gender while writing my book and at the centre of this musing is the question: why did I change my book’s title over the three years I was working onContinue reading “Embedding and embodying gender in history”