Edward J. Cowan

Edward J. Cowan FRSE born in 1944 in Edinburgh is a Scottish historian.[1] Now Emeritus Professor, formerly Professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow and Director of the university’s Dumfries Campus, he previously taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Guelph, Ontario. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, He has also been a Visiting Professor in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

He lives in the Glenkens area of Kirkcudbrightshire.


  • Folk in Print: Scotland’s Chapbook Heritage, 1750-1850, with Mike Paterson (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2007) 438pp.
  • Ed. The Wallace Book (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2007) 240pp.
  • ‘For Freedom Alone’: The Declaration of Arbroath 1320 (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2003) 162pp.
  • Scottish History: The Power of the Past, ed. with Richard Finlay (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002) 279pp.
  • Scottish Fairy Belief: A History, with Lizanne Henderson (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2001; Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2007) 242pp.
  • Alba: Celtic Scotland in the Medieval Era, ed. with R. A. McDonald (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2000; reprinted 2003) 282pp.
  • Ed. The Ballad in Scottish History (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2000) 184pp.
  • Scotland Since 1688: Struggle for a Nation, with Richard Finlay (London: CIMA, 2000) 192pp.
  • The Polar Twins: Scottish History and Scottish Literature, ed. with Douglas Gifford (Edinburgh: John Donald, 1999) 310pp.
  • Ed. The People’s Past: Scottish Folk, Scottish History (Edinburgh: Polygon, 1980; reprinted 1995) 223pp.
  • Montrose For Covenant and King (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977; reprinted Edinburgh: Canongate, 1995) 326pp. Winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award.


  1. "Election 2005" (PDF). Resource: The Newsletter of Scotland's National Academy. Spring 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Professor Archibald Duncan
Professor of Scottish History and Literature, Glasgow
1994 to Present
Succeeded by
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