Dr Andrew Sneddon

Lecturer in International History

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After his BA (hons) in History and Literature (University of Hertfordshire), Andrew took an M.Litt from the University of St Andrews with a dissertation on early modern, English witchcraft writers. His PhD was awarded by Lancaster University for a thesis on witchcraft sceptic, 'improver', and religious controversialist, Bishop Francis Hutchinson (1660-1739). .

Andrew has taught history at the University of Glasgow and Queen's University, Belfast (QUB), and was archivist and public engagement officer at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). He was also Research Fellow on the Irish Legislation Project at QUB under the direction of Professor David Hayton and Professor James Kelly, and Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Irish Studies (QUB), working on a study of eighteenth-century institutional medicine. He became lecturer in history in the School of English and History at Ulster University in 2008, where he teaches modules on dissertation preparation, Britain and Ireland in the long eighteenth century, and the the history of witchcraft, magic and the supernatural in Europe and the wider world. He has supervised, or is currently supervising, PhD theses on: cholera and society in 19th century Belfast; witchcraft and magic in 19th and 20th century Ireland; Catholicism and the supernatural in Ireland; and representations of witchcraft in modern Britain.

Andrew is course director for the Masters of Research for the faculty of Arts, deputy director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies (Ulster University), and co-director of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (Ulster University). He has gained research grants from the Wellcome Trust and Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure for projects on Ulster Folklore and the medical landscape of eighteenth-century Ireland. Andrew has given numerous invited talks to a wide variety of educational and community groups, as well presenting papers at academic conferences. He is a regular book reviewer and peer reviewer for leading academic journals.


BA (Hons), M.Litt, PhD, FHEA

Research Fields

Andrew's research centers on social, religious and political history in Britain and Ireland within a comparative, international context. He has published articles, books and web based sources (see links below) on: folklore, demonic possession, witchcraft and magic in Scotland, England and Ireland 1500-1920; Medical practice, care and provision in eighteenth century Ireland; Religion, Church and dissent in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland; and Irish parliamentary Legislation, 1692-1800. He is currently working on a project examining magical healing in Scotland and Ireland from the early modern period up to the twentieth century.

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Committee Member of Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies; Member of Eighteenth Century Ireland Society.

Books Authored

Number of items: 3.

Sneddon, Andrew (2015) Witchcraft and Magic in Ireland. Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke. 232 pp ISBN 9781137182555

Sneddon, Andrew (2013) Possessed by the Devil: The Real History of the Islandmagee Witches and Ireland's Only Witchcraft Mass Trial. History Press. 224 pp ISBN 184588745X

Sneddon, Andrew (2008) Witchcraft and Whigs: The life of Bishop Francis Hutchinson, (1660-1739). Manchester University Press. 219 pp ISBN 0719076129

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Number of items: 7.

Sneddon, Andrew (2016) Medicine, Belief, Witchcraft and Demonic Possession in Late Seventeenth-century Ulster. Medical Humanities, 42.

Sneddon, Andrew (2012) State Intervention and Provincial Health Care: the County Infirmary System in Late 18th Century Ulster. Irish Historical Studies, 149. pp. 5-21.

Sneddon, Andrew (2012) Witchcraft belief and trials in early modern Ireland. Irish Economic and Social History, XXXIX. pp. 1-25.

Sneddon, Andrew (2010) 'What the witchcraft bishop did in Ireland: the controversial career of Francis Hutchinson, 1660-1739'. History Ireland, 18 (1). pp. 22-25.

Sneddon, Andrew (2007) ‘Bishop Francis Hutchinson: a Case Study in the Culture of Eighteenth-Century Improvement’. Irish Historical Studies, 35 (139). pp. 289-310.

Sneddon, Andrew (2005) Those Crafty Adversaries’: Anti-Catholic Rhetoric in early Hanoverian England, c. 1716-21’,. Recusant History, 27 (4). pp. 521-536.

Sneddon, Andrew (2004) 'Darkness Must be Expell’d by Letting in the Light’: Bishop Francis Hutchinson and the Conversion of Irish Catholics by Means of the Irish Language, c.1720-4’. Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 19. pp. 37-55.

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Book Sections

Number of items: 3.

Sneddon, Andrew (2012) Irish Church Missions to Roman Catholics, c.1700-1800. In: Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon, 1689-1901. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 530-547. ISBN 978-0-19-958359-1

Sneddon, Andrew (2010) Institutional Medicine and State Intervention in Eighteenth–Century Ireland. In: Ireland and Medicine in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. (Eds: Clark, Fiona and Kelly, James), Ashgate, pp. 137-162. ISBN 9780754665564

Sneddon, Andrew (2010) ‘Legislating for economic development: Irish fisheries as a case study in the limitations of ‘Improvement’. In: The Eighteenth-Century Composite State: Representative Institutions in Ireland and Europe, 1689-1800. (Eds: Hayton, David, Kelly, James and Bergin, John), Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 136-159. ISBN 9780230231597

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Number of items: 1.

Sneddon, Andrew (2014) The Supernatural in Ulster Scots Folklore and Literature Reader., N/A.

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Contact Details

Office: I004
Telephone: +44 (0)28 7012 3352
Email: a.sneddon@ulster.ac.uk