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R.J. Hunter Digital Fellowship

The main purpose of this one-year post-doctoral Fellowship is to develop a prosopographical database of English and Scottish settlers in the Ulster Plantation (1609-1700). The database will use the contemporary seventeenth-century surveys of the Plantation as a base and expand with further information on individual settlers and families to be found in other primary and secondary sources including in R J Hunter’s published work as well as in his unpublished archive.

The R.J. Hunter Grants Scheme was established in 2014 using funding generously made available by his daughter, Ms Laura Hunter Houghton, through the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

R.J. (Bob) Hunter was a highly respected (and much loved) historian of the Ulster Plantation, who spent the bulk of his academic career teaching at the University of Ulster. His varied research interests included the role of the English settler in the Ulster Plantation, the history of Ulster trade and migration from and to Britain and North America, the development of towns, and the cultural and intellectual history of Ulster from 1580 to 1660. In light of the breadth of these research ambitions, it is no surprise to find that, upon his untimely death in 2007, his private papers (now lodged in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland) attest to a great body of unfinished research.

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