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Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History Emeritus, The University of Edinburgh

Sir Tom Devine is Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History Emeritus in the University of Edinburgh.

One of Scotland's foremost historians, he previously held professorial chairs at the Universities of Strathclyde (where he was also Vice Principal) and Aberdeen before being appointed to the prestigious Sir William Fraser Professorship of Scottish History at Edinburgh in 2005. He was now University of Edinburgh's founding director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies and its personal senior research chair of history.

Devine is the author and editor of some three dozen books on a range of subjects including transatlantic trade, urban elites, diaspora, empire, slavery, Irish and Scottish comparisons, famine, Highland society, the rural Lowlands and sectarianism. In 2012 Penguin Publishers released his The Scotland Trilogy which covers the history of the nation at home and abroad since the sixteenth century.

His book, Independence or Union: Questions from Scotland's Past and Scotland's Present will be published later in 2015 by Penguin.


  • –present
    Personal Senior Research Chair of History, University of Edinburgh