|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]|
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'
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 inIreland. I believe this project will constitute a major contribution to the Irish research base.