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Dr. Patrick Walsh

Assistant Professor in Eighteenth-Century Irish History

Research Interests

I am an economic, social and political historian of eighteenth-century Ireland. My research investigates the processes of state formation in eighteenth-century Ireland within a comparative imperial perspective. I am especially interested in the ways in which the agents of the emerging Irish state negotiated and collaborated with the different interests and groups within Irish society. I have also published on aspects of the financial revolution in Britain and Ireland as well as on the politics of the early-eighteenth-century Irish ascendancy. I am currently collaborating with colleagues in the National University of Ireland, Galway on a database of Ireland's international trade, 1683-1829 while I am also co-investigator on the Irish Residential Army Barracks project.

Prior to coming to Trinity I was a teaching fellow at University College London, and previous to that I was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie/Irish Research Council-funded research fellow at UCL and UCD from 2011-15.

I am a director of the Castletown Foundation and was from 2014-17, co-editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Ireland.

Selected Publications

  • 2016. With Aaron Graham (eds), The British Fiscal-Military States, 1660-1783, London: Routledge, 318pp.
  • 2014. The South Sea Bubble and Ireland: Money, Banking and Investment, 1690-1721, Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
  • 2010. The Making of the Irish Protestant Ascendancy: The Life of William Conolly, 1689-1729. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.


  • 2017. ‘The Eighteenth-Century Fiscal Military State: A Four Nations Perspective’, in Naomi Lloyd Jones and Margaret Scull (eds), Four Nations Approaches to Modern ‘British’ History: A Disunited Kingdom? Basingstoke: Palgrave-MacMillan. 
  • 2016.  ‘Ireland and the Royal Navy in the Eighteenth Century’, in John McAleer and Christer Petley (eds), The Royal Navy and the Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century, Basingstoke: Palgrave-MacMillan
  • 2016.  ‘Enforcing the Fiscal State: The Army, the Revenue and the Irish Experience of the Fiscal-Military State, 1690-1769’, in Graham and Walsh (eds), The British Fiscal-Military States, 1660-1783, London: Routledge.
  •  2016. ‘Writing History: Andrew Stewart, Patrick Adair and Their Narratives’ in Armstrong, Walsh, Spurlock & Holmes (eds), Presbyterian History in Ireland: The Seventeenth-Century Narratives of Patrick Adair and Andrew Stewart, Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation.
  • 2015. ‘Irish Money on the London Market: Ireland, the Anglo-Irish and the South Sea Bubble of 1720’, in Eighteenth-Century Life 39, 131-54.
  • 2013. ‘The Fiscal State in Ireland, 1691-1769’ in Historical Journal, 56: 629-656.
  • 2012. ‘The Bubble on the Periphery: Scotland and the South Sea Bubble’, in Scottish Historical Review, 91: 106-24.
  • 2011 ‘Biography and the Meaning of an Irish Country House: William Conolly and Castletown’ in Terence Dooley and Christopher Ridgeway (eds), The Irish Country House: Its Past, Present and Future, Dublin: Four Courts Press: 21-39.
  • 2010. ‘Club Life in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries’ in James Kelly and Martyn Powell (eds), Clubs and Societies in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 1690-1800 Dublin: Four Courts Press: 36-52.
  •  2010. ‘Free Movement of People? Responses to Emigration from Ireland, 1718-30’, in Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, 3: 221-36.
  • 2007. “Permanent Tranquillity Will Not be Established While the Present System is Continued’: Charles James Fox and Ireland, 1801-1803’, in Anne Dolan, Patrick Geoghegan and Darryl Jones (eds), Reinterpreting Emmet, Essays on the Life and Legacy of Robert Emmet Dublin: UCD Press: 39-55
  • 2006. ‘The Sin of With-Holding Tribute, Contemporary Pamphlets and the Professionalization of the Irish Revenue Service in the Early Eighteenth Century’, in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Iris an dá chultúr, 21: 48-65.

Teaching and Supervision

I teach a List II module entitled Atlantic Island: Eighteenth-Century Ireland in Oceanic Perspective.

I also contribute to the Junior Freshman Early Modern Ireland, 1535-1801 survey module 

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students or postdoctoral fellows to work on any aspect of eighteenth-century Irish history. I am interested in supervising comparative projects focusing on either or both of the concepts of ‘the financial revolution’ or ‘the fiscal-military state’

Dr. Walsh on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Room 3155
Department of History
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: +353 1 896 3476