Dr David Fleming

Dr David Fleming
Head of Department
Room: C1089

Dr Fleming is a historian of eighteenth-century Ireland. On completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Limerick, he was awarded, in 2006, a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he had been a senior scholar at Hertford College and an Arts and Humanities Research Council postgraduate awardee. His research concentrates on the social and political development of eighteenth-century Ireland, and has published on topics ranging from provincial politics, poverty, religious conversion, associational behaviour and prostitution. Dr Fleming was commissioned, in 2012, to write the official history of the University of Limerick.

Prior to taking up his position at the University of Limerick, Dr Fleming taught at the University of Oxford and NUI Maynooth. He teaches courses on 'Early Modern Ireland' and 'Europe: enlightenment and revolution'. He also delivers two specialist modules to advanced history students: 'Conservatives, patriots and radicals: politics and political ideology in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland' and 'Sex, family and gender in eighteenth-century Ireland and Britain'.

In 2006, he was a Price Fellow at the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, where he catalogued the extensive papers of General Sir Eyre Coote (1762-1823). A year later he was an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2015-16, Dr Fleming was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Montana, where he delivered modules in Irish history as part of that University's Irish Studies programme.

Dr Fleming is treasurer of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement, an interdisciplinary forum for historians, geographers, archaeologists and others interested in settlement history in Ireland. He is also secretary of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society. Since 2013, he has been chairman of the Irish Georgian Foundation and a trustee of the Hunt Museums' Trust. 


Select Bibliography

Politics and provincial people: Sligo and Limerick, 1691-1761 (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2010).

With Dr. A.P.W. Malcomson (eds.), A volley of execrations: the correspondence and papers of John FitzGibbon, Earl of Clare (Dublin, Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2004).

With Dr J. Logan (eds.), Pauper Limerick: the register of the Limerick House of Industry, 1774-1793 (Dublin, Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2011).

University of Limerick: history (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2012).

‘Diversions of the people: sociability among the orders of early eighteenth-century Ireland’ in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 17 (2002), pp. 99-111.

‘Public attitudes to prostitution in eighteenth-century Ireland’ in Irish Economic and Social History, xxxii (2005), pp. 1-18.

‘Politics and patriots in Navan, 1753-55’ in Irish Historical Studies, xxxvi, 144 (2009), pp. 502-21.

‘The correspondence of Sir Eyre Coote regarding the Irish act of Union, 1799-1800’ in Analecta Hibernica, 40 (2007), pp. 189-228.

‘Affection and disaffection in eighteenth-century mid-Munster poetry’, in Eighteenth-Century Ireland (2012).

With Professor David Dickson, ‘Charles O'Hara’s Observations on County Sligo, 1752-1773’ in Analecta Hibernica, 46 (2015), pp.