Dr Elaine Murphy

Dr Elaine Murphy

Lecturer in Maritime /Naval History

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Lecturer in 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)

Professional membership

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). 


Teaching interests


First Year:
HIST401: What is History
HIST406: America, from settlement to empire, 1607-1900
HIST405: Culture, Society and Politics in Britain, 1640-1990

Second Year:
HIST513: Royal Navy  in the Age of Sail, 1545-1815

Third Year:
HIST604: Piracy and Privateering, 1560-1816

Postgraduate Teaching:
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
Oliver Cromwell
Military Revolution

Research interests

Maritime and naval history
Early modern Ireland and Britain
The Wars of the Three Kings/British Civil Wars
Oliver Cromwell

Other research

New Critical Edition of the Writings and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell

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. More information about the project can be found at: http://www.cromwell.hist.cam.ac.uk/

1641 Depositions Project

From 2007 to 2010 I was a research fellow on the 1641 Depositions Project. This was a major collaborative project between Trinity College Dublin, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Cambridge. This project transcribed and made available online over 8000 witness statements concerning the 1641 rebellion in Ireland. Search the depositions and find out more about the project at: http://1641.tcd.ie/

Research groups

  • Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research (HuMPA)
  • History
  • Maritime and Naval Studies Research Group


Ireland and the War at Sea, 1641-1653 (Royal Historical Society Studies in History Series, Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer, 2012)

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).
I am an associate editor for these volumes under the general editorship of Professor Aidan Clarke.


'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),

Digital Editions

The 1641 Depositions, October 2010, Digital edition at http://1641.tcd.ie.