Dr Elaine Murphy
Associate Head of School - History and Art History
School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
Associate Professor of Maritime and Naval History
Ph.D 2008 Trinity College Dublin
Dissertation: 'No affair before us of greater concern: the war at sea in Ireland, 1641-49'
M.Litt 2000 University College Dublin
Dissertation: ‘God’s Providence’: Inchiquin and the survival of Protestant Munster, 1641-1649.
B.A. 1996 University College Dublin
History and Archaeology
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Plymouth, 2014)
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Member of the Military History Society of Ireland
Member of the Cromwell Association
Member of the Navy Records Society
Roles on external bodies
Bibliography of British and Irish History: Section Editor - Ireland 1640-1800:
Since 2013 I have been a section editor for the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) project at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR).
I teach extensively in the first year and offer specialist maritime history modules in second and third year
HIST401: What is History
HIST406: America, from settlement to empire, 1607-1900
HIST409: Culture, Society and Politics in Britain, 1640-1990
HIST513: Royal Navy in the Age of Sail, 1545-1815
HIST604: Piracy and Privateering, 1560-1816
MAHI704: Piracy and Privateering, 1560-1816
Areas of expertise for postgraduate supervision
Maritime and Naval History
Early modern Ireland and Britain
Wars of the Three Kingdoms/British Civil Wars
Maritime and naval history
Early modern Ireland and Britain
The Wars of the Three Kings/British Civil Wars
Women and the Navy in the 17th Century My new research focuses on the experience and interactions of women with the Royal Navy in the Stuart period. In the academic year 2016/7 I held fellowships at the Beinecke Library at Yale University and National Maritime Museum at Greenwich to work on this project Fellowships October 2016: Edith and Richard French Fellowship,Beinecke Library, Yale University November 2016-January 2017: Caird Short Term Library Fellowship, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
From 2011 to 2013 I was a research associate on a project based in the University of Cambridge to edit a new five volume critical edition of the writings and speeches of Oliver Cromwell to be published by Oxford University Press. I am co-editor of volume 2 (with Micheál Ó Siochrú of Trinity College Dublin and Jason Peacey of University College London). This volume covers the period from 1649 to 1653.
- Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research (HuMPA)
- Maritime and Naval Studies Research Group
The British Civil Wars at Sea, 1638-1653, Richard J. Blakemore and Elaine Murphy (Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer, 2018)
The 1641 Depositions and the Irish Rebellion edited by Eamon Darcy, Annaleigh Margey and Elaine Murphy (London, Pickering and Chatto, 2011)
A calendar of material relating to Ireland from the High Court of Admiralty, 1641-1660 (Dublin, Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2011)
The 1641 Depositions, Volumes I-III [Ulster] (Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin, 2014)
The 1641 Depositions, Volume IV [Dublin] (Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin, 2017)
I am an associate editor for these volumes under the general editorship of Professor Aidan Clarke.
'The British Civil Wars', in James Davey (ed.), Tudor and Stuart Seafarers: The Emergence of a Maritime Nation (London, Bloomsbury, 2018), Chapter 8
'The 1641 Depositions: a window on life and society in seventeenth-century Ulster' in Brendan Scott and John Dooher (eds), Plantation: aspects of seventeenth-century Ulster society (Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 2013), pp 69-88.
‘Backsliders from the Protestant Religion: Conversion in the 1641 Depositions’ article with Annaleigh Margey (Archivium Hibernicum, Dublin, 2012)
‘The Cromwellian Navy in Ireland, 1649-1653’, Journal for Maritime Research (May 2012)
[A version of this article has also been published in Cromwelliana: The Journal of the Cromwell Association, 2014, pp. 36-49].
‘Atrocities at sea and the treatment of prisoners of war by the parliamentary navy in Ireland, 1641-1649’, Historical Journal, 53 (March 2010), pp 21-37.
‘Pirates in our Channel: The Cromwellian Navy in Ireland, 1649-1653’, History Ireland (July 2011).
'Intelligence, the English navy and Ireland during the 1640s' in Eunan O’Halpin, Robert Armstrong and Jane Ohlmeyer (eds), Intelligence, statecraft and international power: papers read before the 27th Irish Conference of Historians held at Trinity College, Dublin, 19-21 May 2005 (Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 2006),
The 1641 Depositions, October 2010, Digital edition at http://1641.tcd.ie.