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Dr Rosalind Johnson

Associate Lecturer in Early Modern History

Dr Rosalind Johnson is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of History and Politics. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Winchester, and a contributing editor to the Wiltshire Victoria County History project.

Rosalind holds a BA (Hons) in History from the University of York (1987), an MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield (1992), an MA in Local and Regional History and Archaeology from the University of Winchester (2008) and a PhD from the University of Winchester (2013). She has also studied at the Universität Regensburg in Germany and Linköping University, Sweden. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My PhD focused on Protestant dissenters in Hampshire from 1640 to 1740. This covered six main themes: dissatisfaction with the national church, 1640 - 1660; radical religious movements, 1640 - 1660; the persecution of dissent, 1660 - 1689; the distribution of dissent, 1660 - 1740; the social status of dissenters, 1660 - 1740 and challenges to dissent, 1689 - 1740. I am currently revising the thesis for publication, assisted by a grant from the Gerald Hodgett Award scheme administered by Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre.

Research Interests

Social and cultural history in the 17th and long 18th centuries.

Early modern religious history, particularly Protestant dissent and the position of women.

Movements for social change, including the campaign against the slave trade.

Popular beliefs in the early modern period, including astrology, folklore and witchcraft.


HIL143: The Slave Trade, 1444-1834


‘The case of the distracted maid: healing and cursing in early Quaker history’, Quaker Studies 21:1 (June 2016)

‘The lives of ejected Hampshire ministers after 1662’, Southern History, vol. 36 (2014)

‘Memorializing 1662: Hampshire Congregationalists and the 250th anniversary of the Great Ejection’, The Church on its Past. Studies in Church History, vol. 49 (2013) (with Roger Ottewill)

Awards and honours received

Woodbrook Quaker Study Centre Gerald Hodgett Award, for expenses in revising thesis for publication (2015).

Ecclesiastical History Society postgraduate bursary to present paper to 2011 Summer Conference (2011).

Institute of Historical Research Ruddock Bursary towards research expenses in London institutions (2009).

Friends Historical Society Award for expenses in presenting a paper on Quaker history to a conference or learned society (2009).

Quaker Peace and Social Witness Higher Education grant towards fees and expenses (2007).

Recent seminar and conference papers

‘Malignant parties: Loyalist religion in Hampshire’, University of Portsmouth conference ‘The People All Changed: Religion and Society in Britain in the 1650s’, 15-16 July 2016.

‘Quakers and marriage legislation in England before 1753’, joint conference of the Quaker Studies Research Association and the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, Birmingham, 24-26 June 2016.

‘Quakers and marriage in England before the Marriage Act of 1753’, Centre for Gender Studies symposium, University of Winchester, 5 March 2016.

‘“An innovation too great for them to bear”: The Petersfield Meeting House Riot of 1722’, University of Winchester conference ‘1215-2015: 800 Years of Riot and Protest’, 25-26 June 2015.

‘Gender differences in late seventeenth century religious prosecutions’, Gender History and Society conference, University of Winchester, 4-5 September 2014.

‘Quaker doubts concerning the testimony against tithes, 1660 - 1836’, Ecclesiastical History Society Summer Conference, University of Sheffield, 22 - 24 July 2014.

‘From lightning and tempest, good Lord, deliver us’: religious aspects of extreme weather in the early modern period’, Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies, University of Reading, 7 - 9 July 2014.

‘Extreme weather and its religious meanings in the early modern period’, Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology seminar, Winchester, 6 March 2014.

‘The women of Alton Quaker Meeting in the 1670s’, Centre for Gender Studies symposium, University of Winchester, 1 March 2014.

‘The ministry of Hampshire clergy after ejection’, Southern History conference ‘Anglicanism and dissent, 1662 - 1829’, Winchester, 13 April 2013.

‘The ministry of provincial clergy after ejection: a county case study’, to the conference ‘Living with Uniformity: the Church of England and dissent, 1662 to 1689’, held at the John Rylands University Library, Manchester, 27 June 2012.

‘After Black Bartholomew’s Day: the lives of Hampshire clergy following ejection in 1662’, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Research Seminar, University of Winchester, 22 March 2012.

‘Quakers in Stuart Southampton’, Southampton City Museums Archaeological Society study day ‘Stuart Southampton: AD 1603-1714’, 10 March 2012.

‘“Through much reproach and hard travel”: journeys in faith in the mid-seventeenth century’, University of Southampton conference ‘Writing the lives of people and things, AD 500-1700: an inter-disciplinary conference’, at Chawton House Library, 1-2 March 2012.