Researchers at UCD


Timothy Watt




Conference Contributions

Timothy Watt (2011) Franco-irish privateers and the threat to order in Ireland, 1692-1716. [Oral Presentation], IHSA annual conference at UCC, University College Cork , 25-FEB-11 - 27-FEB-11.
Timothy Watt (2012) John Hawkins, the notorious gaoler of Dublin's Newgate prison, 1721-1730. [Oral Presentation], Heroes, Villains and Scapegoats: the role of the individual in shaping Ireland's past, Queen's University of Belfast , 23-NOV-12 - 24-NOV-12.
Timothy Watt (2012) The Palatine settlement in Ireland in 1709: Germans in search of the Promised Land. [Oral Presentation], XIX Ulster-American Symposium, Centre for Migration Studies, Omagh, Co, Tyrone , 27-JUN-12 - 30-JUN-12.
Timothy Watt (2015) Popular opposition to the fiscal-military state in eighteenth-century Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Trinity College Dublin seminar series, Trinity College Dublin , 26-JAN-15 - 26-JAN-15.
Timothy Watt (2016) Riot and rescue, and the culure of popular protest in Ireland, 1713-1761. [Oral Presentation], American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference, Pittsburgh, PA, USA , 31-MAR-16 - 03-APR-16.



Peer Reviewed Journals

Timothy D Watt (2014) 'The corruption of the law and popular violence: the crisis of order in Dublin, 1729'. Irish Historical Studies, 39 (153):1-23. [Details]
Timothy D Watt (2015) 'Taxation riots and the culture of popular protest in Ireland, 1714-1740'. English Historical Review, cxxx (547):1418-1448. [Details]


Research Interests


Current project: 'Popular collective action, community politics, and maintaining order in Ireland, 1692-1761'

This project will provide an entirely new and original interpretation of popular collective action

in Ireland, and shine a light on the connexion that existed between popular violence and law

enforcement. It will provide new insights into popular politics, common law, and relationships

between the rulers and the ruled, and will challenge the established view of historians that

rural popular violence was virtually non-existent in early eighteenth-century Ireland.

In particular, the project will represent the first comprehensive study of 'riot and rescue', a

type of direct action used by communities in order to protect customary rites. 'Riot and rescue'

was the most common type of violent popular protest in early eighteenth-century Ireland and its study can

tell us a great deal about the level of popular support for law and order, the 'moral authority'

of mobs, community politics, and the relationships that existed between the social orders.

Yet, historians know very little about the nature of these protests or their significance to the

study of eighteenth-century society; a lacuna in historical knowledge that will be filled by this


The project will also address the issue of gender in violent popular protests. There has been

virtually nothing written on this subject; nor have Irish historians seriously engaged with

applying gender as a tool of analysis. My project will make a significant contribution to

understanding the role that women played in popular politics and, more widely, public life in

Ireland. I believe this project will constitute a major contribution to the Irish research base.