Claire Elder

University of Glasgow

Recovering Early Modern Scottish Voices: A socio-cultural analysis of the language of the Stewart and Erskine family correspondence, including the letters of Marie Stewart, Countess of Mar

I returned to study English Language and Linguistics at University of Glasgow in 2017 after working first as a software analyst and more as a recently lab administrator at Glasgow Vet School Diagnostics lab. My PhD research focusses on the language and material culture of Early Modern letters. I combine techniques from corpus linguistics with sociolinguistics and pragmatics to analyse the communicative functions of seventeenth century Scottish correspondence. I hope to highlight the life and distinctive epistolary voice of the remarkable Marie Stewart, Countess of Mar and to encourage others to engage with historical documents in the archives.