A University of St Andrews historian has been awarded a major book prize for his research into Rob Roy.
David Stevenson, Emeritus Professor of Scottish History, has been awarded the Frank Watson Prize for the best book on Scottish History published in 2003- 4, for his book ‘The Hunt for Rob Roy. The Man and the Myths’.
The prize is awarded through the Scottish Studies Group of the University of Guelph, Ontario, the leading centre for Scottish Studies in the Americas. Professor Stevenson will accept the prize at a colloquium there on 1 October.
In his book, Professor Stevenson recreates Rob Roy’s life using what he describes as ‘the remarkably copious documentary evidence’ that has survived (mainly unknown to previous biographers) and assesses the many myths which have emerged about Rob in relation to this evidence.
Professor Stevenson has written many books on early modern Scottish history, ranging from accounts of the ‘Scottish Revolution’ of the Covenanters to the ‘Beggar’s Benison,’ a study of Scottish sex clubs in the 18th century. He was appointed Professor of Scottish History in 1991 and, although he resigned in 1994 through illness, has continued his research activities.
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