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College Photo Name Ohlmeyer, Jane
College Address School of Histories & Humanities,
Main Department History
College Title Erasmus Smith's Chair of Modern History
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JANE OHLMEYER, MRIA, is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin, and was the founding Vice-Provost for Global Relations (2011-14). She is an expert on the New British and Atlantic Histories and has published widely on a number of themes in early modern Irish and British history. Her books include Civil War and Restoration in the Three Stuart Kingdoms (Cambridge, 1993); Ireland from Independence to Occupation, 1641-1660 (editor, Cambridge, 1995); Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Ireland (editor, Cambridge, 2000); and 'Making Ireland English: the Irish Aristocracy in the seventeenth century' (Yale University Press, 2012). Professor Ohlmeyer has considerable expertise in overseeing major editorial projects and helped to secure funding for the digitization and online publication of the ‘1641 Depositions’. She is also the Principal Investigator for the Trinity College Dublin element of ‘Humanities Serving Irish Society which was awarded €10.78M as part of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI 4). She chairs the Irish Manuscripts Commission’s Digitization Taskforce and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences-Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities [DARIAH] committee. She is the Irish representative on DARIAH, the European Digital Libraries and on the European Strategic Framework for Research Infrastructures, Humanities and Social Sciences working group. She was a guardian and trustee of Marsh’s Library, Dublin and is a Member of the National Archives Advisory Committee.
Teaching interests and responsibilities
Professor Ohlmeyer teaches courses on early modern Ireland, Britain and Europe and supervises research in early modern Irish and British history, especially on topics (political, military, social, and cultural) relating to seventeenth-century Ireland and comparative work on ‘three kingdoms’ history in the early modern period.
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
Ph.D. in History Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland   A seventeenth century survivor: The political career of Randal MacDonnell, first marquis and second earl of Antrim (1609-1683) 1990
Postgraduate M.A. in History University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA     1987
Undergraduate M.A. in History University of St. Andrews, Scotland     1986
Details Date
Council Member of the Irish Legal History Society and member of the Editorial Board 2004-Present
External assessor for the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2002
Member of the Board of Governors for the Caledonian Research Foundation 2001-Present
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; since 2004, Member of the Council 1998-2007
Administrative Functions
Details Level Date From Date To
Vice-Provost for Global Relations 1/9/2011 1/9/2014
University Research Committee; chair of Research Centres and Schools Liaison Committee; facilitator for Research Theme 4. 2004 2008
Member of Senior Promotions Committee 2004 2007
Member of the Faculty of Arts Humanities Executive 2003 2005
Member of the TSM Management Group 2003 2008
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
American Historical Association
British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Irish Gaelic Landscape Group
Irish Economic and Social History Group
Irish Legal History Society
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Awards and Honours
Award Date
Visting Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, Delhi 2015
Parnell Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge 2014-15
Member, Royal Irish Academy 2011
Dept. of Education for Northern Ireland postgraduate award for study at Trinity College, Dublin 1987-90
Keck Foundation Fellowship for study at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California 1992-93
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Education Details
School/College Date From Date To
University of St. Andrews, Scotland 1982 1986
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 1986 1987
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland 1987 1990
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups Description of Role Date From Date To
The Long Room Hub founding member and PI for PRTLI4
Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies (CISCS)
Employment Details
Position Held Job Description Where Date From Date To
Visiting professor   Ecole des hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris 2005 2005
Erasmus Smith Chair of Modern History   Trinity College, Dublin 2003 Present
Head of the School of History and History of Art   University of Aberdeen 2001 2003
University of Aberdeen   Professor in Irish History 2000 2003
University of Aberdeen   Senior Lecturer in History 1999 2000
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Description of Research Interests
• Ireland and Empire • Irish History in the 17th Century – social, political • Early modern British history • The "Military Revolution" of early modern Europe
Research Interests
Depositions 1641 Digital Humanities Early Modern Ireland (Colonialism, Plantation, Aristocracy, Lawyers, Warfare) Humanities
Irish and British History 1500-1800 Warfare in Ireland, Britain and Europe 1500-1800
Research Projects
Project title Trinity Long Room Hub
Summary Principal Investigator for Trinity College Dublin element of ‘Humanities Serving Irish Society’ funded under Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI Cycle 4) - €10.78M for the development of the Trinity Long Room Hub, see]
Funding Agency PRTLI 4/HEA
Type of Project
Date from 2007
Date to 2010
Person Months

Project title 1641 depositions
Summary IRCHSS Government of Ireland Major Research Project Grant (€247,000) for the ‘1641 Depositions Project’ (this helped to leverage an additional €650,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council), see
Funding Agency IRCHSS/AHRC
Type of Project
Date from 2007
Date to 2010
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Project title Ussher Project
Funding Agency IRCHSS Government of Ireland Major Research Project Grant
Type of Project
Date from 2004
Date to 2006
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Project title Pilot study of early modern Irish mercantile networks (with Professor David Dickson)
Funding Agency IIIS/PRTLI
Type of Project
Date from 2004
Date to 2005
Person Months

Project title Collaborative project – involving colleagues from the Universities Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Maynooth - entitled ‘From civic militia to garrison town: urbanisation and state-formation in Scotland, England, and Ireland c.1530 to 1750’
Summary TCD university research committee award to employ a research assistant to work for 4 months (May-August)
Funding Agency
Type of Project
Date from
Date to 2004
Person Months

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Jane Ohlmeyer, Making Ireland English: The Irish Aristocracy in the seventeenth century, London and New Haven, Yale University Press, 2012, 1 - 680pp
Ohlmeyer J. H., Ó Ciardha É. , The Irish Statute Staple Books, 1596-1687, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 1998, xvii + 380pp
Notes: [This volume includes c.4, 000 transactions in a database published as a CD ROM. I supervised the project and wrote the introduction (53 pages) to the accompanying published volume. The Aberdeen University Research Committee, the British Academy, and the Dublin Corporation generously funded this innovative project, which provides a fascinating guide to the social and economic history of early modern Ireland. ]
Ohlmeyer J. H., Civilization” of Ireland and Scotland, 1580s-1640s, American Historical Association Annual Conference, New York, January, 1997
Notes: [As part of a panel on ‘Colonization and European Expansion in the early modern period ]
Ohlmeyer J. H., Mercenaries and the Military State in the early modern period, International Conference, Odense, Denmark, September, 1996
Ohlmeyer J. H., Civilizinge of those rude partes: the colonization of Ireland and Scotland, 1580s-1640s, Conference on the History of the British Empire, Oxford, September, 1995
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