Dr Paddy McNally

Principal Lecturer in History and Politics

History, Politics and Sociology

Contact Details

email: p.mcnally@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 85 5285

Paddy McNally's teaching and research interests are focused on Irish history from 1690 until 1848, German history from 1870 to 1945, and the history of political thought. He is author of the book, Parties, Patriots and Undertakers. Parliamentary politics in early Hanoverian Ireland and numerous articles on eighteenth-century Irish history. He is currently writing From the Boyne to the Famine. A thematic history of Ireland, 1690-1848, to be published by Routledge. He teaches specialist modules on Irish history 1690-1848, German history 1870-1945, and Nationalism. He has successfully supervised PhD and MPhil students to completion and welcomes expressions of interest from prospective postgraduate researchers in most aspects of British and Irish history from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries.

Teaching & Research

Specialist teaching areas

Irish and British History, 1688-1848
German History, 1870-1945
The History of Political Thought


Irish history from 1690 to 1848; the history of patriotism and nationalism.

PhD thesis: 'Patronage and Politics in Ireland, 1714 - 1727' (QUB, 1993)

Research supervision

Two PhD and one MPhil students supervised to completion; currently supervising three PhD students.
Internal examiner for three PhDs; external examiner for PhD (European Doctorate), University of La Coruna, Spain.

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (elected 1998)

Member of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland

Member of the Irish Historical Society

Member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society


‘The Hanoverian Accession and the Tory Party in Ireland’, Parliamentary History, 14, 3 (1995)

‘Irish and English Interests. National conflict within the Church of Ireland episcopate in the reign of George I’, Irish Historical Studies, xxix, no 115 (May 1995)

Parties, Patriots and Undertakers. Parliamentary Politics in Early Hanoverian Ireland. Four Courts Press (1997)

‘Wood’s Halfpence, Carteret and the Government of Ireland, 1723-26’, Irish Historical Studies, xxx, 119, (May 1997)

‘“The Whole People of Ireland”: Patriotism, National Identity and Nationalism in Eighteenth-Century Ireland’, in Scott Brewster et al. (eds.) Ireland in Proximity. History, Gender, Space. Routledge (1999)

‘The making of the Protestant Ascendancy, 1690–1760’, in HT Dickinson (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain, Blackwell (2002)

‘William King, Patriotism and the “National Question”’, in Chris Fauske (ed.) William King and the Anglican Irish Context, Four Courts Press (2004)

‘The Eighteenth-Century Irish House of Commons’, Parliamentary History, 23, 3 (2004), 386-97 - [review article]

Articles for New Dictionary of National Biography and New Dictionary of Irish Biography.

‘Rural Protest and “Moral Economy”: the Rightboy Disturbances and Parliament’, in Allan Blackstock and Eoin Magennis (eds.) Politics and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland 1750-1850: Essays in Tribute to Peter Jupp, Ulster Historical Foundation (2007)

In progress:

With Dr Kenneth Milne (official historiographer of the Church of Ireland), an edition of the correspondence of Hugh Boulter, Archbishop of Armagh 1724-42 (due for publication late 2011)

From the Boyne to the Famine. Politics and Society in Ireland 1688-1848 (to be published by Routledge).

External Responsibilities

1999 – 2003 External Examiner (History), Staffordshire University

2001 – 2003 External Consultant and Course Team Member for Open University Course AA312

2001, 2002 Assessor of post-doctoral award applications for Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

2003 External Advisor for revalidation of MA in Irish Studies programme, Bath Spa University College

2004 External member of subject review team for History, Bath Spa University College

2006 Academic Referee for ESRC major research grant.

2009 Academic Referee for ESRC major research grant.