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On Tuesday 14 January 2020 we look forward to welcoming Prof Ian McBride back to Union College. In the evening at 7.30pm Ian will give a free public lecture entitled ‘Francis Hutcheson in Ireland, Scotland, and North America’. He will explore the life of Francis Hutcheson in the transatlantic world. Hutcheson (1694-1746), a son of the manse at Drumalig, Co Down, went on to become a leading philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, influencing Adam Smith, David Hume, and several of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in Colonial America.
Ian McBride, who grew up in County Armagh, is the Foster Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Hertford College. His research interests include the history of Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century and the history of Northern Ireland since 1920. Last January a very good crowd gathered to hear Ian lecture on Jonathan Swift and we expect this lecture to be just as popular.
His publications include The Siege of Derry in Ulster Protestant Mythology (1997) and Scripture Politics: Ulster Presbyterians and Irish Radicalism in the Late Eighteenth Century (1998), both short-listed for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize; and Eighteenth-Century Ireland: The Isle of Slaves (2009). His most recent book The Princeton History of Modern Ireland (2016), edited with Richard Bourke, was selected by both RTÉ Radio and The Irish Times as one of their best books of 2016. Prof McBride is currently completing a volume on Swift’s Irish Political Writings for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift.