By Deborah Simonton,Katie Barclay
The eighteenth century looms huge within the Scottish mind's eye. it's a century that observed the doubling of the inhabitants, quick urbanisation, business development, the political Union of 1707, the Jacobite Rebellions and the Enlightenment - occasions that have been intrinsic to the production of the fashionable kingdom and to placing Scotland at the foreign map. The influence of the period on sleek Scotland will be visible within the a variety of structures named after the luminaries of the interval - Adam Smith, David Hume, William Robertson - the endorsement of Robert Burns because the nationwide poet/hero, the maintenance of the Culloden battlefield as a vacationer allure, and the actual geographies of its significant cities. but, whereas it's a century that is still imperative to trendy structures of nationwide identification, it's a interval linked to males. till lately, the heritage of girls in eighteenth-century Scotland, with might be the honourable exception of plant life McDonald, remained unwritten. during the last decade despite the fact that, study on ladies and gender in Scotland has flourished and now we have an more and more complete photo of women's lives in any respect social degrees around the century. consequently, this can be a suitable second to mirror on what we all know approximately Scottish ladies through the eighteenth century, to invite how their historical past impacts the normal narratives of the interval, and to mirror at the implications for a countrywide heritage of Scotland and Scottish identification. Divided into 3 sections, overlaying women's intimate, highbrow and public lives, this interdisciplinary quantity bargains articles on women's paintings, illegal activity, garments, relations, schooling, writing, trip and extra. utilising instruments from background, artwork anthropology, cultural stories, and English literature, it attracts on a wide-range of assets, from the written to the visible, to spotlight the range of women's reviews and to problem present male-centric historiographies.