Antrim’s Trade with the World During the 18th Century from the Customs Records of Campbeltown

Ireland was not included in the British Navigation Acts which governed foreign going trade, so all vessels to and from Antrim had to report their arrival and declare their cargo at a principal British Customs establishment at a mainland port to be legal - Campbeltown was the nearest to Antrim.

Client: Ulster Historical Foundation.
Eric's role: Researcher
Status: January 2015.

Edward de Bruce' attempt to become King of Ireland

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Client: Ulster Historical Foundation.
Eric's role: Researcher
Status: July 2014.

Legacies of British Slave-ownership

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Client: University College London.
Eric's role: Historical Affiliate
Status: April 2013.

Trinity House Collection, Leith


Client: Historic Scotland.
Eric's role: Historical Researcher
Status: January 2012.

Pirates & The Scots


Client: Researchers' Night 2010, University of St Andrews.
Eric's role: Podcast.
Status: Published September 2010.

Scottish Life and Society: Transport and Communication

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Client: European Ethnological Research Centre, University of Edinburgh.
Eric's role: Chapter.
Status: Available early 2010.

Women on the Platform: Mobilising Scotland to end Black Slavery in America

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Client: National Library of Scotland.
Eric's role: Organiser, contributor and speaker.
Deliverable: One day seminar looking at the role of women in Scotland in bringing an end to the support for and practice of enslaving Africans.
Status: Delivered October 2008.

Scotland and the Abolition of the Slave Trade Online


Client: Learning & Teaching Scotland (2006).
Eric's role: Historical Advisor and Author.
Deliverable: Developing commentary with visuals for online screen site suitable for school children aged 9–14 (with teachers notes) compatible with 'Curriculum for Excellence' standards.
Status: Delivered February 2007 and now online.

Commemorative Pamphlet to mark the Abolition of the Slave Trade


Client: Scottish Executive Social Justice Department (2006).
Eric's role: Historical Researcher (with Rev. Dr. Iain Whyte).
Deliverable: Research and report on 'Scottish involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition in 1807'.
Status: Research data accepted November 2006 – pamphlet (produced by third party) circulated in March 2007.

High Court of Admiralty of Scotland Records Project


Client: Early Scottish Maritime Exchange (2005).
Eric's role: Historical interpreter and marketing manager together with Sue Mowat (compiler and author).
Deliverable: Bring to market an electronically searchable catalogue and guide of this major Scottish archive.
Status: Now available on CD–ROM.

The Edinburgh Castle – Queen Anne's Vault Project


Client: Historic Scotland (2004).
Eric's role: Historical Researcher and Advisor.
Deliverable: Identify and compile historical archives and images on major groups of eighteenth century prisoners of war whose graffiti covers the wooden prison doors.
Status: The exhibition is now open to the public. The historical data was also incorporated in accompanying booklet – Edinburgh Castle: Prisoners of War.

Lloyd's Register of Shipping – Millennium Project


Client: Lloyd's Register of Shipping Marketing Department (1998–2000)
Eric's role: Historical Associate
Deliverable: Two database versions of the first 1764 Register of Shipping: 1. in its original format; 2. an enhanced version where core data is matched with the other contemporary records. With accompanying illustrated manual and textbook. All suitable for promotional, commercial & educational purposes.
Status: Deliverables submitted November 1999.

Trans–Atlantic Slave Trade Project (2002)


Client: The Wilberforce Trust (University of Hull) in partnership with the Du Bois Institute of Harvard University.
Eric's role: Researcher.
Deliverable: Report on the availability of data held in Scottish archives on surgeons who had graduated at a Scottish University and later served on slave ships.
Status: Review submitted 2002.

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