Professor Mark Brayshay

Professor Mark Brayshay

Emeritus Professor of Human Geography

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



Research and Teaching mainly Historical Geography


BA (Hons) Geography University of Exeter

PhD Historical Geography University of Exeter



Research interests

Historical geography of early modern road communications in England and Wales

Tudor and Stuart topographical description and antiquarian writing

Victorian and early twentieth century emigration and colonial settlement

Interlocking directorships and social biographies of capitalism in early twentieth century global economy

Victorian industrial housing

Historical geography of Plymouth and Southwest England




Brayshay, M. 2019. Western Australia's interwar group settlement scheme, a case study of the Leeds Group, 1923-1938. In Jones, R. and Diniz, A. M. A. (eds) Twentieth Century Land Settlement Schemes, pp. 86-118. Routledge Research in Historical Geography series. ISBN 978-1-138-05226-0. Abingdon: Routledge.

Essex, S. and Brayshay, M. 2018. Devon Tourism: The Story of the County's Economic Leviathan, Report and Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and the Arts, 150, pp. 177-222.

Brayshay, M. 2016. Conveying Correspondence: Early Modern Letter Bearers, Carriers, and Posts. In Daybell, J. and Gordon, A. (eds) Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain, pp. 48-65. ISBN 978-0-8122-4825-8. Material Texts series. Philadelphia, USA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Brayshay, M. 2014. Land Travel and Communications in Tudor and Stuart England: Achieving a Joined-up Realm, xxiv + 417 pages, 71 figures, 21 tables. ISBN 978-1-84631-950-1. Liverpool University Press.

Brayshay, M. 2014. Saggio introduttivo. In Fedele, C., Gerosa, M., and Serra, A. Europa Postale: L'Opera di Ottavio Codogno, luogotenente dei Tasso nella Milano Seicentesca, pp. 11-24. Cornello, Museo dei Tasso della Storia Postale, Camerata Cornello. 

Essex, S., and Brayshay, M. 2013. Planning the Reconstruction of War-Damaged Plymouth, 1941-1961: Devising and Defending a Modernisation Agenda. In Clapson, M. and Larkham, P. J. (eds) The Blitz and its Legacy: Wartime Destruction to Post-War Reconstruction, pp. 151-166. Surrey and Vermont: Ashgate.

Darlow, S., Essex, S., and Brayshay, M. 2012. Sustainable heritage management practices at visited Heritage sites in Devon and Cornwall, Journal of Heritage Tourism, 7, 3, 219-237.

Brayshay M. 2009. Capitalism and Division of Labor. In Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 1, pp. 390-401. Oxford: Elsevier.

Brayshay, M. 2008. The Choreography of Journeys of Magnificence: Arranging the Post-Nuptial Progress of Frederick, the Elector Palatine, and Princess Elizabeth of England from London to Heidelberg in 1613, Journal of Early Modern History, 12, 5, 383-406.

Essex, S. and Brayshay, M. 2008. Boldness Diminished? The post-war battle to replan a bomb-damaged provincial city, Urban History, 35, 3, 437-461.

Selwood, J. and Brayshay, M. 2007. Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: The London-based Hudson's Bay Company Governor's Tour of its Canadian Operations in the Eastern Arctic, in D. G. Munski (ed.) Prairie Perspectives, Geographical Essays, 10, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA, 217-238.

Essex, S. and Brayshay, M. 2007. Vision, vested interest and pragmatism: who re-made Britain’s blitzed cities, Planning Perspectives, 22, 4, 417-441.

Brayshay, M., Cleary, M. and Selwood, J. 2007. Social networks and the transnational reach of the corporate class in the early-twentieth century, Journal of Historical Geography, 33, 144-167 .

Brayshay, M., Cleary, M. and Selwood, J. 2006. Power geometries: Social networks and the 1930s multinational corporate elite, Geoforum, 37, 986-998.

Brayshay, M. 2006. Landscapes of Industry, in R. J. P. Kain (ed.) England’s Landscape: The South West, English Heritage and Harper Collins, London., pp. 131-154. 

Brayshay, M. 2006. Urban Landscapes, in R. J. P. Kain (ed.) England’s Landscape: The South West, English Heritage and Harper Collins, London., pp. 155-184.

Brayshay, M. 2006. Landscapes of Transport, in R. J. P. Kain (ed.) England’s Landscape: The South West, English Heritage and Harper Collins, London., pp. 185-206.

Ferguson, R. and Brayshay, M. 2006. Defending the Hampshire coast and the Isle of Wight in the reign of Elizabeth I, Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, 84, 338, pp. 109-130.

M. Brayshay (2005) Waits, musicians, bearwards and players: the inter-urban road travel and performances of itinerant entertainers in sixteenth and seventeenth century England, Journal of Historical Geography 31, 3, 430-458. 

Brayshay, M., Cleary, M. and Selwood, J. 2005. Interlocking directorships and trans-national linkages within the British Empire, 1900-1930, Area, 37, 2, 209-222.

Brayshay, M. and Williams, A. 2005. North Snowdonia: an upland landscape under pressure, in Whyte, I. D. and Winchester, A. J. L. (eds) Society, Landscape and Environment in Upland Britain, Society for Landscape Studies: Supplementary Series 2, 125-140.

Essex, S. and Brayshay, M. 2005. Town versus country in the 1940s: planning the contested space of a city region in the aftermath of the Second World War, Town and Country Planning, 76, 3, 239-264.

Brayshay, M. 2004. Long Distance Royal Journeys: Anne of Denmark’s journey from Stirling to Windsor in 1603, Journal of Transport History, 25, 1, 1-21

Brayshay, M. and Cleary, M. 2002. Editorial: shaping colonial and imperial landscapes. Landscape Research, 27, 1, 5-10.

Brayshay, M. and Selwood, J. 2002. Dreams, propaganda and harsh realities: landscapes of group settlement in the forest districts of Western Australia in the 1920s. Landscape Research, 27, 1, 81-102.

Grattan, D., Schütenhelm, R. and Brayshay, M. 2002. Volcanic gases, environmental crises and social response. In Grattan, J. and Torrence, R. (eds) Natural Disasters and Cultural Change, Routledge, London 87-106

Brayshay, M and Grattan, J. 1999. Environmental and social responses in Europe to the 1783 eruption of the Laki fissure volcano in Iceland: a consideration of contemporary documentary evidence. In Firth, C. R. and McGuire, W. J. (eds) Volcanoes in the Quaternary. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 161, 173-187.

Brayshay, M. 1999. The morphological development of towns since the Middle Ages. In Kain, R. J. P. and Ravenhill, W. L. D. (eds) An Historical Atlas of South-West England, University of Exeter Press, Exeter, 450-462.

Brayshay, M, Gaskell Brown, C. and Barber, J. 1999. Plymouth. In Kain, R. J. P. and Ravenhill, W. L. D. (eds) An Historical Atlas of South-West England, University of Exeter Press, Exeter, 538-588

Grattan, J., Brayshay, M. and Sadler, J. 1998. Modelling the distal impacts of past volcanic gas emissions: Evidence of Europe-wide environmental impacts from gases emitted during the eruption of Italian and Icelandic volcanoes in 1783, Quaternaire, 9, 25-35.

Brayshay, M, Harrison, P and Chalkley, B. 1998. Knowledge, nationhood and governance: the speed of the Royal post in early-modern England, Journal of Historical Geography, 24, 265-288.

Selwood, J and Brayshay, M. 1998. From one room to another in the great house of the Empire: Devon and Cornwall group settlement on Western Australia, Journal of the Royal Western Australia Historical Society, 11, 4, 477-495.

Harrison, P. and Brayshay, M. 1997. Post horse routes, royal progresses and government communications in the reign of James I, Journal of Transport History, 18, 3, 116-133.

Grattan, J. and Brayshay, M. 1997. Modelling the impact of the Vesuvius/Avellino eruption upon the Bronze Age settlement of the Palma Campania, in Volcanic Eruptions, Social Stress and Territorial Abandonment: The response of the Bronze Age Culture of the Campania to the eruption of Avellino/Vesuvius. PACT Special Issue: L'Eruzione Vesuviana delle Pomici di Avellino e la facies di Palma Campania, 63-69.

Brayshay, M. and Selwood, J. 1997. Devon and Cornwall group settlement in Western Australia in the interwar years, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 129, 201-250.

Brayshay, M. 1996. Defence preparations in Devon against the arrival of the Spanish Armada: So doth the state of this countrye reste quiet in orderlye readynes, in Gray, T. (ed.) Devon Documents in honour of Mrs Margery Rowe, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries Special Issue, 20-25.

Brayshay, M. 1996. Depopulation and changing household structure in the mining communities of West Cornwall, 1851-71, in Schürer, K. and Mills, D. (eds) Local Communities in the Victorian Census Enumerators Books, Leopard’s Head Press, Oxford, 326-345.

Brayshay, M. 1996. The Duke of Bedford's Model Cottages in Tavistock: Victorian Exemplar or Practical Solution, Southern History 18, 117-144.

Cade, J. and Brayshay, M. 1996. The taxable wealth and population of Devon parishes in 1524/25: An application of GIS and computer cartography, History and Computing, 8, 2, 105-121.

Brayshay, M. (ed.) 1996 Topographical Writers in South West England, University of Exeter Press, Exeter Studies in History 214 pp, 17 illus. ISBN 0 85989 424X

Grattan, J. and Brayshay M. 1995. An Amazing and Portentous Summer: Environmental and Social Responses in Britain to the 1783 Eruption of an Iceland Volcano, The Geographical Journal, 161, 2, 125-34.

Brayshay, M. and Williams A. G. 1995. A rough and cold country: farming and landscape changes in northern Snowdonia since c. 1600, in Butlin, R. A. and Roberts, N. (eds) Ecological Relations in Historical Times, Blackwell, Oxford, 122-45.

Brayshay, M. 1994. The emigration trade in nineteenth century Devon in Duffy, M; Fisher, S; Greenhill, B; Starkey, D, and. Youings, J. (eds) The New Maritime History of Devon, Vol. II, Conway Maritime Press, 108-118.

Brayshay, M. 1992. The Royal Post-Horse Routes of Hampshire in the Reign of Elizabeth I, Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeology Society, 48, 121-134.

Brayshay, M. 1992. Heathcoat's Industrial Housing in Tiverton, Devon, Southern History 13, 82-104.

Brayshay, M. 1992. Spatial realities and cartographic distortions: Tudor and Stuart maps of Plymouth and its region, Society of University Cartographers Bulletin, 26, 2, 1-12.

Brayshay, M. 1991. Plymouth's Past: So Worthy and Peerless a Western Port, in Chalkley, B., Dunkerley, D. and Gripaios, P. (eds) Plymouth: Maritime City in Transition, David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 38-61.

Brayshay, M. 1991. Royal Post-Horse Routes in England and Wales: The Evolution of the Network in the late-Sixteenth and early Seventeenth Century, Journal of Historical Geography, 17, 4, 373-389.

Brayshay, M. 1989. The reform of urban management and the shaping of Plymouth's mid-Victorian landscape, in Higham, R. A. (ed.) Landscape and Townscape in the South West, University of Exeter Press, 105-130.