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Dr. Simon Egan
Visiting Research Fellow, History


Simon Egan is an Assistant Professor in Medieval Irish and British History at Trinity College Dublin. Before coming to Dublin, Simon was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow within the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies at the University of Glasgow. He held a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship from the Society for Renaissance Studies (2017-18) and before this worked as a part-time lecturer and tutor within the School of History at University College Cork (2011-2017).

Simon completed his PhD in History at University College Cork in 2016. His doctoral thesis was funded by the Irish Research Council and investigated the resurgence of Gaelic lordship in Ireland and Scotland c.1350-c.1513, with a particular focus on how events in these regions impacted and impinged upon the affairs of the wider archipelago. He is currently completing his first monograph which examines this topic in closer detail.

As a researcher, he is particularly interested in exploring the developing relationship between Ireland and Scotland and how events in these regions shaped the ambitions and concerns of both the English and Scottish monarchies throughout the period c.1100-c.1600. Simon's research interests also include piracy and warfare, lordship and nobility, and culture and society within the Gaelic world.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Simon Egan, A Task Too Great for One Dynasty? The Mortimer Earls of March, the de Burgh Inheritance, and the Gaelic Nobility, c.1370-c.1425, The Mortimer History Society Journal, 4, 2021, p1 - 20 Journal Article, 2021 URL

Hákon IV, the Last Norse King of the Hebrides - and Ireland? in, editor(s)Luke McInerney , Gaelic Ireland (c.600-c.1700): Lordship, Saints and Learning - Essays for the Irish Chiefs# and Clans' Prize , Dublin, Wordwell Books, 2021, pp3 - 9, [Simon Egan] Book Chapter, 2021 URL

Simon Egan, Lordship and Dynasty in the Late Medieval Irish Sea World: The Hiberno-Scottish Nexus, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 78, (2), 2019, p1-44 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Simon Egan, By Land and by Sea: The Role of the Maritime Sphere in the Expansion of O'Donnell Power ca. 1380-1500, Journal of the North Atlantic, 12, 2019, p16 - 31 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Simon Egan, The Early Stewart Kings, the Lordship of the Isles, and Ireland, c. 1371-c.1433, Northern Studies, 49, 2018, p60 - 77 Journal Article, 2018 URL

An Irish Context to a Scottish Disaster: James IV, the O'Donnells of Tyrconnell and the Road to Flodden in, Politics, Kinship and Culture in Gaelic Ireland, c.1100-c.1690: Essays for the Irish Chiefs' and Clans' Prize in History , Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Wordwell Books, 2018, pp10 - 16, [Simon Egan] Book Chapter, 2018 URL

Simon Egan, Richard II and the Wider Gaelic World: A Reassessment, Journal of British Studies, 57, (2), 2018, p221-252 Journal Article, 2018 URL

A Playground of the Scots? Gaelic Ireland and the Stewart Monarchy in the Late Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries in, The Fifteenth century XVI: Examining Identity, Woodbridge, United Kingdom, Boydell and Brewer, 2018, pp105-121 , [Simon Egan] Book Chapter, 2018 URL

Simon Egan and David Edwards, The Scots in Early Stuart Ireland: Union and Separation in Two Kingdoms, Manchester, United Kingdom, Manchester University Press, 2016 Book, 2016 URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Simon Egan, Life and Death in Medieval Ireland: The Skeletons from Ballyhanna, Co. Donegal (Dublin, 2019), by C.J. McKenzie and E.M. Murphy , Peritia, 32, 2022, p309-312 Review, 2022 URL

Simon Egan, Gaelic Ulster in the Middle Ages: History, Culture and Society (Dublin, 2020), by Katharine Simms , Northern Scotland, 12, (2), 2021, p224-226 Review, 2021 URL

Simon Egan, Review of David I: King of Scots, 1124-1153 (Edinburgh, 2019), by Richard Oram , Royal Studies Journal, 8, 2021, p181-82 Review, 2021 URL

Simon Egan, Review of The Old English in Early Modern Ireland: The Palesmen and the Nine Years War, 1594-1603 (Boydell and Brewer; Woodbridge, 2019), by Ruth Canning , Reformation, 25, (1), 2020, p109-11 Review, 2020 URL

Simon Egan, Review of Alexander III, 1249-1286: First Among Equals (Birlinn; Edinburgh, 2019) , by N.H. Reid , Northern Scotland, 11, (1), 2020, p83-5 Review, 2020 URL

Simon Egan, B. Cunningham, Medieval Irish Pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela (Dublin, 2018) , by Bernadette Cunningham , Peritia, 31, 2020, p295-98 Review, 2020 URL

Simon Egan, Review of Stuart Marriage Diplomacy: Dynastic Politics in their European Context, 1604-1630 (Boydell and Brewer; Woodbridge, 2018, by V. Caldari and S. Wolfson (eds) , Renaissance Quarterly, 73, (1), 2020, p303-4 Review, 2020 URL

Simon Egan, Review of The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland: The Making of a Myth (Four Courts Press; Dublin, 2017), by S. Duffy and P. Crooks (eds) , Oenach, 9, (1), 2020, p26-32 Review, 2020 URL

Simon Egan, Review of The Sea Kings: The Late Norse Kingdoms of Man and the Isles (Birlinn; Edinburgh, 2019), by R.A. McDonald , Royal Studies Journal, 7, (2), 2020, p137-9 Review, 2020 URL

Simon Egan, Review of Early Modern Ireland: New Sources, Methods and Perspectives (Routledge; London, 2019), by S. Covington, V. McGowan-Doyle, and V.P. Carey (eds) , History Ireland, 27, (5), 2019, p61 Review, 2019 URL

Simon Egan, Review of The Corsairs' Longest Voyage: The Turkish Raid on Iceland, 1627 (Leiden; Brill, 2018) , by Thorsteinn Helgason , De Re Militari, 2019 Review, 2019 URL

Simon Egan, Review of The Black Prince and the Grand Chevauchée of 1355 (Boydell and Brewer; Woodbridge, 2018), by Mollie Madden , British Journal of Military History , 5, (1), 2019, p71-3 Review, 2019 URL

Simon Egan, Review of The Tudor Occupation of Boulogne: Conquest, Colonisation and Imperial Monarchy, 1544-50 (Cambridge University Press; Cambridge 2019) , by Neil Murphy , Scottish Historical Review, 98, (2), 2019, p305-7 Review, 2019 URL

Simon Egan, Review of Cultural Exchange and Identity in Late Medieval Ireland: The English and Irish of the Four Obedient Shires (Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 2018) , by Sparky Booker , History Ireland, 26, (6), 2018, p61 Review, 2018 URL

Simon Egan, Review of The Colonial World of Richard Boyle, First Earl of Cork (Four Courts Press; Dublin, 2018), by David Edwards and Colin Rynne (eds) , History Scotland, 18, (6), 2018, p55-6 Review, 2018

Simon Egan, Review of James II (Tuckwell Press; Edinburgh, 2016), by C. McGladdery , Scottish Historical Review, 96, (2), 2017, p236-8 Review, 2017 URL

Simon Egan, Review of England and Scotland, 1286-1603 (Basingstoke; Palgrave MacMillan, 2017), by Andy King and Claire Etty , Peritia, 28, 2017, p270-3 Review, 2017 URL

Simon Egan, James IV, the O'Donnells of Tyrconnell and the road to Flodden, History Ireland, 26, (6), 2016, p16 - 20 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Simon Egan, Review of Kings, Clerics and Vikings: Essays in Honour of Donnchadh Ó Corráin (Four Courts Press; Dublin, 2015), by E. Purcell, P. MacCotter, J. Nyhan and J. Sheehan (eds) , Oenach, 7, (2), 2016, p1-8 Review, 2016

Research Expertise


Gaelic lordships in Ireland and Scotland, social and political development; Late Medieval Ireland and Britain; Late Medieval Ireland, 1166-1534; Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Medieval British History; Medieval History; Medieval Irish & British History; Medieval Irish literature; Medieval Scotland; Medieval Warfare


Awards and Honours

Mortimer History Society Essay Prize 2020

Geoffrey Barrow Award: Society for Scottish Medieval and Renaissance Studies 2019

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 2018

Society for Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017

Finte na hÉireann/Clans of Ireland History Essay Prize 2016

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2014

National University of Ireland, Dr H.H. Stewart Prize in Latin 2012

College Scholar Award, University College Cork 2012

Professor John A. Murphy Prize in Irish History, School of History, University College Cork 2012

National University of Ireland, Mansion House Scholarship 2011


Celtic Studies Association of North America 2021 – Present

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Alumni Association 2019 – Present

Mortimer History Society 2019 – Present

Renaissance Society of America 2015 – Present

Scottish Medievalists 2015 – Present

Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Ireland 2012 – Present