Dr Marianne Gilchrist

MA Hons PhD PG Dip FSA (Scot)

Research administrator, CANAssess

Role at Hull York Medical School

Research administrator for the CANAssess 2 Study, Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre.


Marianne has worked in heritage and adult education and in academic administration at the University of Glasgow. She has an interest in medical history, and was a member of the research team on the Cullen Project, digitising the consultation letters of Professor William Cullen. After returning to Hull in 2017, she has worked in the Graduate School and as an invigilator, also as a freelance consultant in historical, archaeological and art historical research and interpretation.


18C Military History:

· “‘Don’t Expect to be Ever in so Good a Corps of Officers Again...’: Ensign the Hon. William Leslie (1751-77)”, The Red Hackle: The Chronicle of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), no. 973, June 1998, pp. 18-19.

· Conference papers: “‘A Great Admirer Of Scots Frases & Also Of The Word FUN’: The Early Life of Patrick Ferguson” and “‘A Strange Adventurer Tho’ A Man of Some Genius’: Patrick Ferguson in America”, 2nd Annual King’s Mountain Seminar, King’s Mountain National Battlefield Site, South Carolina, August 1999.

· The Fergusons of Pitfour: A Hero and his Family (Friends of Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, 1999) https://digitalcommons.winthrop.edu/manuscriptcollection_findingaids/841/

· Exhibition The Life & Times of Major John Pitcairn (1722-75), John MacDouall Stuart Museum, Dysart (2000): conceived, researched, scripted and helped install.

· “A Cornet of the Greys, 1759-68: The Early Career of Patrick Ferguson”, Eagle & Carbine: The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Regimental Magazine, vol. 23, 2001, pp. 121-26.

· Patrick Ferguson: ‘A Man of Some Genius' (NMS Publications/Royal Armouries, 2003, ISBN 1901663744).

· "Captain Hon. William Leslie (1751-77): His Life, Letters and Commemoration", Army Records Society, Military Miscellany II (Sutton, 2005, ISBN 0750940883), pp. 133-96. https://eprints.gla.ac.uk/68413

· “The Honor of Firing Before His Majesty – Patrick Ferguson’s Will and the Royal Armouries’ Ferguson Rifle”, Arms & Armour, vol. 5, no. 1 (Maney, 2008, ISSN 1741-6124), pp. 69-77.

· Conference paper: “Scotching the Myths: Patrick Ferguson and Scots Servicemen in the American War of Independence”, Scotland, Europe and Empire in the Age of Adam Smith and Beyond, 26th Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society & The International Adam Smith Society, Sorbonne, Paris, July 2013.


French Revolutionary Art:

· "Le mystère des portraits de Robespierre aux rayures" ("The Mystery of the Striped Robespierre Portraits"), article for ARBR: https://www.amis-robespierre.org/Le-mystere-des-portraits-de

· "Robespierre au cinéma anglophone" ("Robespierre in Anglophone Cinema"), article for ARBR:https://www.amis-robespierre.org/Robespierre-au-cinema-anglophone

· “Le nez de Robespierre, c’est la clé de sa portraiture” (“Robespierre’s nose is the key to his portraiture”): article for ARBR on the physionotrace: http://amis-robespierre.org/Le-nez-de-Robespierre-c-est-la-cle

· Lecture: “Le nez de Robespierre: Le physionotrace et la portraiture révolutionnaire” for ARBR (26 March 2019, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Arras), Alliance Française de York (Oct 2019, York), and Beverley Anglo-French Society (Dec 2019): http://amis-robespierre.org/La-portraiture-revolutionnaire-l

· “Qui sont ces faux Robespierres?” (“Who are these false Robespierres?”): further article on physionotraces: http://amis-robespierre.org/Qui-est-ce-faux-Robespierre


Mediæval History:

· “‘The Evil Genius of the Third Crusade’: Conrad of Montferrat, stereotype and scapegoat”, The Making of Crusading Heroes and Villains: Engaging the Crusades vol. 4, ed. Mike Horswell and Kristin Skottki (Routledge, 2020), pp. 60-74. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429293283-4/evil-genius-third-crusade-marianne-mcleod-gilchrist

· “Character-Assassination: Conrad de Monferrat in English-language Fiction & Popular Histories”, Bollettino del Marchesato, Alessandria, no. 6, Nov. 2005, pp. 6-13 http://www.marchesimonferrato.com/web2007/_resources/6.pdf

· “Getting Away With Murder: Runciman and Conrad of Montferrat’s Career in Constantinople”, The Mediæval Journal (St Andrews Institute of Mediæval Studies), vol 2, no. 1 (2012), pp. 15-36. https://www.brepolsonline.net/doi/abs/10.1484/J.TMJ.1.102770

· Conference paper, “Getting Away with Murder: Conrad of Montferrat’s (Character) Assassination”, 25th Leeds International Mediæval Congress, Leeds, 3 July 2018.


Russian History & Art

· Images of the Petrine Era in Russian History Painting, PhD Thesis, University of St Andrews, 1994. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/15319/MarianneMcLeodGilchristPhDThesis.pdf?sequence=4&isAllowed=y

· “Peter and the Painters: Images of the Petrine Era in Russian Historical Painting” (Synopsis of Paper Read at the 33rd Meeting of the Study Group), Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia Newsletter, no. 20, 1992, pp. 3-7.

· “Subverting Peter’s Bicentenary? - Nikolai Ge’s Peter I interrogates Tsarevich Aleksei Petrovich” (Synopsis of Paper Read at the 35th Meeting of the Study Group), Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia Newsletter, no. 22, 1994, pp. 6-8.

· "Imprisoned Princesses: Princess Tarakanova and The Regent Tsarevna Sof’ya", Inferno: St. Andrews Journal of Art History, St. Andrews, 1994, pp. 32-45. https://eprints.gla.ac.uk/68438

· "Aleksei Petrovich & Afrosin’ia Fedorova: In Their Own Words", annotated translation of correspondence 1717-18, with preface, Slavonica, Keele UP, vol. 1, 1994/5, no. 2, pp. 47-66 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1179/sla.1994.1.2.47 ; and "Aleksei and Afrosin’ia: A Postscript", Slavonica, Keele UP, vol. 2, 1995/96, no. 2, pp. 61-4. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1179/sla.1995.2.2.61



· "RLS and Saint-Gaudens", Cencrastus, Edinburgh, no. 49, Autumn 1994, pp. 11-13. https://eprints.gla.ac.uk/68443

· "The Shaw Family of Staten Island: Elizabeth Gaskell’s American Friends", The Gaskell Society Journal, Manchester University, vol. 9, 1995, pp. 1-12. https://www.jstor.org/stable/45185603

· "'This Sacred Gift’: Harriet & ‘The Little Colonel'", on Harriet Martineau and Col. Robert Gould Shaw, The Martineau Society Newsletter, no. 4, September 1995, pp. 7-10; revised version, A Harriet Martineau Miscellany, The Martineau Society, 2002, pp. 103-9. h://www.academia.edu/download/56820011/MMGilchrist_R_G_Shaw___Harriet_Martineau_Society_2002.pdf

· "Body and Soul, Love and Murder in 'Tess of the d’Urbervilles'", The Thomas Hardy Yearbook, no. 28, 2000, pp. 52-70. https://www.academia.edu/download/56820124/MMGilchrist_Body_Soul_Hardy_Yearbook_2000.pdf

· Conference paper, “Bleedthrough: When historical fiction colours historiography”, Historical Fictions Research Network, 25 Feb 2018, Stoke-on-Trent.

· “Bleedthrough: The Two-Way Traffic between Popular Historiography and Fiction”, The Journal of Historical Fictions, vol. 2, no. 1, April 2019, pp. 18-44: http://historicalfictionsjournal.org/pdf/JHF 2019-018.pdf


Other online:

· “Re-enactivism and monument wars”, Yorkshire Bylines, 14 Jan 2022: https://yorkshirebylines.co.uk/opinion/re-enactivism-and-monument-wars/

· “Isolating the imagination: the decline of languages”, Yorkshire Bylines, 20 Aug 2020: https://yorkshirebylines.co.uk/isolating-the-imagination-the-decline-of-languages/

· “Fish and ships: industrial heritage in the shadow of Brexit”, Yorkshire Bylines, 3 Aug 2020: https://yorkshirebylines.co.uk/fish-and-ships-industrial-heritage-in-the-shadow-of-brexit/

· Educational web-text for National Trust for Scotland battlefields (click links to Bannockburn, Killiecrankie and Culloden): https://web.archive.org/web/20030205063102/www.ntseducation.org.uk/teachers/battles.html

· Website developer, European Commission DGXXII pilot project Adult Education & the Museum, co-ordinated by USCA, Moray House Institute, University of Edinburgh.



· BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland programmes, including An Unwelcome Guest on the tercentenary of Peter the Great’s visit to London (July 1998), Whatever Happened to Flora MacDonald? (July 2000), and programmes on the ballads Marie Hamilton and The Unfortunate Rake.

· Researched for and interviewed on Tonight with Trevor MacDonald: Hollywood and History (ITV, 2000), dissecting Braveheart; scripted the questions the reporter put to the scriptwriter Randall Wallace.

· Translating educational drama-doc script, Sur les Pas de Robespierre, to facilitate creation of English subtitles for DVD by APIA and Les Amis de Robespierre pour le Bicentenaire de la Révolution (ARBR) (2018).