Lynn MacKay



B.A., M.A. Ph.D. (York)


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Women and the British Army, 1815-1880, (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2023).

Women, Families and the British Army, Jennine Hurl-Eamon & Lynn MacKay, ed., 6 Volumes (Routledge, 2021). I edited volumes 4 to 6: Volume IV:  From the treaty of Paris in 1815 to the Declaration of War on Russia in 1854, Volume V:  The Crimean War, and Volume VI: Aftermath to 1880.

Respectability and the London Poor, 1780-1870 (Pickering & Chatto: London, 2013).

“Assisters in Conflict: the Charities Helping Soldiers’ Families During the Crimean War”, in Paul Huddie, ed., Where War and Welfare Meet: Military Welfare History from the Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries (Palgrave, forthcoming).

“Making the Case to Reprieve Annette Meyers: Media, Gender and the Law”, Crime, History, and Societies, 26:2, 2022, pp.75-99.

“Refusing the Royal Pardon: Capital Convicts and the Reactions of the Courts and Press in 1789”, The London Journal, vol. 28, no. 2, (2003).

“Moral Paupers: the Poor Men of St. Martin’s, 1815-1819”, Histoire sociale/Social History, vol. XXXIV, no. 67, (May 2001).

“Women, Theft and the Old Baily, 1780-1789,” in Journal of Social History, 32 (Spring, 1999).

“A Cautionary Tale:  the Mendicity Society and Its Clients,” in Left History, 5 (Spring, 1998).

“A Culture of Poverty?  the St. Martin in the Fields Workhouse, 1817,” in Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 26 (Autumn, 1996).

“Patrick Colquhoun,” Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 158, British Reform Writers, 1832-1914, (Gale, 1995)

“Henry Mayhew,” Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 190, British Reform Writers, 1832-1914, (Gale, 1998).

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