About Me

undefinedI’m a lecturer in early modern literature at the University of Stirling and study the intellectual, literary, and material cultures of early modern northern Europe, particularly Scotland.  My latest book – The First Scottish Enlightenment: Rebels, Priest, and History (Oxford University Press, 2020) – is a substantial reassessment of the Scottish Early Enlightenment and my previous monograph – The Antiquary: John Aubrey’s Historical Scholarship (Oxford University Press, 2016) – was a study of the working methods of one of seventeenth-century Britain’s most innovative scholars. In between, I wrote the main commentary for and co-edited Aubrey’s Villa: An Edition of Bodleian MS Aubrey 17, Designatio de Easton-Piers in Com: Wilts (Old School Press, 2018).   At the moment I’m in the early stages of a major new project carved stones and epigraphy in the early modern world.

In addition to the two book projects, I’ve also published or spoken on numerous aspects of early modern Scottish culture, Latin, Scots, and Gaelic poetry, the history of books, book collecting, and reading, canon and disciplinary formation, epigraphy and carved stones, Scandinavian state-sponsored antiquarianism, and early modern understandings of the ancient past.

The other half of my job is being the director of the Pathfoot Press, the University of Stirling’s centre for letterpress learning and teaching.  There I print – mostly Scots writing, ancient and modern – teach and talk to people about what letterpress is and why it matters more than ever in a digital age.

When not writing, teaching, or printing, I embarrass myself and those around me by rowing, folk singing, and stravaiging about the countryside in search of carved stones.

I’m always happy to hear from current or potential students!  Just drop me a line at k.j.williams@stir.ac.uk.

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