Elected: 1994
Discipline: Language, Literature and History
Professor Rosalind Mary Mitchison FRSE
Rosalind Mitchison was a pioneering social historian who opened up a new world of social mores in the Scotland of the 18th and 19th centuries. She can be called the first historian of “sinners” and of the poor in Scotland.

Most of her academic career was spent at Edinburgh University, where her last post was as Professor of Social History. One of her students, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, remembers her “not just as a great writer but as a great teacher too – full of energy, ideas, interesting information and challenging theories. History came alive in her presence.”

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