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PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Protestantism in Ireland since 1600 - Comparative history of evangelical Protestantism - Pre-Troubles religious history of Northern Ireland


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Personal profile


Andrew Holmes is a graduate of Queen's University Belfast (1998), the University of St Andrews (2000), and Queen's, again, in 2002. Since being awarded his doctorate, he has been a Research Associate at the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster, where he also taught Irish history, and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's. He took up his present appointment in October 2006.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2007 and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2008. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Irish Historical Studies and a committee member of the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. In 2016, he was an Eaton Fellow at the University of New Brunswick and has previously been a Visiting Scholar at Boston College (2011) and at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh (2009, 2013).

Research Statement

The history of religion in Ireland from c. 1660 to the present day with particular reference to Presbyterianism and evangelicalism.

He is author of The Irish Presbyterian Mind: Conservative Theology, Evangelical Experience, and Modern Criticism, 1830-1930 (OUP 2018) and The Shaping of Ulster Presbyterian Belief and Practice 1770-1840 (OUP 2006). He is co-editor of four edited volumes and has published a series of articles in major history journals, including, English Historical Review, Historical Journal, Journal of British Studies, History of European Ideas, Church History, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library, Irish Historical Studies, and Irish Economic and Social History. In addition, he has been commissioned to write substantial chapters for a series of landmark survey works: The Cambridge History of Christianity, The Cambridge Social History of Ireland, The Cambridge History of Ireland, and The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions.

Dr Holmes is the Principal Investigator on the research project, ‘Fundamentalism as an Ulster Phenomena? Popular Protestantism, 1859-1939’, which is generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust until September 2020.


Dr Andrew Holmes teaches on the following programmes / modules:



Religion in an Age of Revolutions: Britain and Ireland, 1688-1798 (Level 1)

The Death of Christian Britain, c. 1789 to 1914? (Level 1)

Uniting Kingdoms? Britain and Ireland, 1603-1815 (Level 2)

Presbyterians in Ulster, 1690-1840 (Level 3)

Protestantism, evangelicalism and Ulster society: from the United Irishmen to Ian Paisley (Level 3)


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Research Output

Protestant Dissent in Ireland

Holmes, A., 18 Jun 2018, The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, volume II: The Long Eighteenth Century, c.1689-c.1828. Thompson, A. C. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 119-38

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Protestantism in the Nineteenth Century: Revival and Crisis

Holmes, A., 26 Apr 2018, The Cambridge History of Ireland, Volume III: 1730-1880. Kelly, J. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 331-49

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Review of Kyle Hughes, The Scots in Victorian and Edwardian Belfast: A Study in Elite Migration (Edinburgh, 2013)

Holmes, A., 01 Sep 2018, In : Scottish Historical Review. 97, 2, p. 232-233

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  • Union and Presbyterian Ulster Scots: William McComb, James McKnight, and The Repealer Repulsed

    Holmes, A., 18 Jan 2018, Literature and Unions: Scottish Texts , British Contexts. Carruthers, G. & Kidd, C. (eds.). Oxford : Oxford University Press, p. 165-91

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    Elected Fellow

    Holmes, Andrew (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Election to learned society


    External PhD examiner - Maynooth University

    Andrew Holmes (Examiner)

    17 Jan 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    University of Aberystwyth - UG External Examiner in Modern History

    Andrew Holmes (Examiner)

    Jan 2019Jan 2023

    Activity: Examination typesUG external examination

    Trajectories of Anti-Catholicism in British History 1520-1900, University of Newcastle

    Andrew Holmes (Session chair)

    21 Mar 201822 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    The Forgotten Irish? Presbyterian emigration and religious networks in the nineteenth-century North Atlantic world

    Andrew Holmes (Keynote speaker)

    28 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Anti-Catholicism in Europe & America, 1520-1900, University of Newcastle

    Andrew Holmes (Invited speaker)

    11 Sep 201813 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Made in Ulster

    Andrew Holmes


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Historical Consultant and Contributor - Wayfaring Strangers BBCNI, April 2017

    Andrew Holmes


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Contributor - Imagining Ulster - three-part documentary broadcast March 2015

    Andrew Holmes


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Presenter: Weaving Words - Francis Boyle of Gilnahirk

    Andrew Holmes


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


    The Victoria Institute 1865-1932: A Case Study in the Relationship between Science and Religion

    Author: Mathieson, S., Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Holmes, A. (Supervisor) & Finnegan, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy