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Dr. David Fleming

Biography

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. Between 2013 and 2017, he was chairman of the Irish Georgian Foundation, and is currently a trustee of the Hunt Museums' Trust.

Research Interests

Early modern Ireland; history of localities; political, social and cultural history of eighteenth-century Ireland.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate
HI4017: Conservatives, patriots and radicals: politics and political ideology in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland

Postgraduate
HI6161: Sex, family and gender in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2016 - Fulbright Scholar
  • 2013 - American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Travel Fellow

Publications

Books

2012

The University of Limerick: a history
David A. Fleming
(2012) The University of Limerick: a history
Dublin : Four Courts Press

2010

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

Book Chapters

2013

Estate, kin and loyalty: the Taffe family and their property in eighteenth-century Sligo
David A. Fleming
(2013) Estate, kin and loyalty: the Taffe family and their property in eighteenth-century Sligo
In Dedicated to Sligo: thirty-four essays on Sligo's past; Sligo : Publising Sligo's Past

2012

Cycles, seasons and the everyday in mid-eighteenth-century provincial Ireland
David A. Fleming
(2012) Cycles, seasons and the everyday in mid-eighteenth-century provincial Ireland
In Irish provincial cultures in the long eighteenth century; Dublin : Four Courts Press

2010

Clubs and societies in eighteenth-century Munster
David A. Fleming
(2010) Clubs and societies in eighteenth-century Munster
In Clubs and societies in eighteenth-century Ireland ; Dublin : Four Courts Press

2009

Limerick's eighteenth-century economy'
David A. Fleming
(2009) Limerick's eighteenth-century economy'
In Limerick: history and society; Dublin : Georgraphy Publications pp. 159-181

2005

Conversion, family and mentality
Fleming, D
(2005) Conversion, family and mentality
In Converts and converison in Ireland, 1650-1850; pp. 290-311

Edited Books

2011


(2011)
In Pauper Limerick: the register of the Limerick House of Industry, 1774-1794; David A. Fleming and J. Logan(Ed.) Dublin : Irish Manuscripts Commission

2004


(2004)
In A volley of execreations: the letters and papers of John FitxGibbon, earl of Clare, 1774-1802; David A. Fleming and A.P.W. Malcomson(Ed.) Dublin : Irish Manuscripts Commission

Peer Reviewed Journals

2009

Patriots and politics in Navan, 1753-5
Fleming, DA
(2009) Patriots and politics in Navan, 1753-5
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 502-521

2007

The correspondence of Sir Eyre Coote regarding the Irish act of Union, 1799-1800
David A. Fleming
(2007) The correspondence of Sir Eyre Coote regarding the Irish act of Union, 1799-1800
In Analecta Hibernica ; pp. 189-228

2005

Public attitudes to prostitution in eighteenth-century Ireland
Fleming, D
(2005) Public attitudes to prostitution in eighteenth-century Ireland
In Irish Economic And Social History Of Ireland; pp. 1-18

2002

Diversions of the people: sociability among the orders of early eighteenth-century Ireland
Fleming, D
(2002) Diversions of the people: sociability among the orders of early eighteenth-century Ireland
In Eighteenth Century Ireland; pp. 99-111

Other Journals

2001

The papers of a Coote estate in Laois and Dublin: a genealogical source
Fleming, D
(2001) The papers of a Coote estate in Laois and Dublin: a genealogical source
In Journal of the Genealogical Society of Ireland; pp. 165-173

Reviewss

2013

‘Neal Garnham, The Militia in Eighteenth-century Ireland: In Defence of the Protestant Interest'
David Fleming
(2013) ‘Neal Garnham, The Militia in Eighteenth-century Ireland: In Defence of the Protestant Interest'

Book Reviews

2012

The Making of the Irish Protestant Ascendancy: The Life of William Conolly, 1662-1729
Fleming, DA
(2012) The Making of the Irish Protestant Ascendancy: The Life of William Conolly, 1662-1729
In Parliamentary History; pp. 246-248
DOI: 10.1111/j.1750-0206.2012.00323_9.x

2008

PROSTITUTION AND IRISH SOCIETY, 1800-1940.
Fleming, D
(2008) PROSTITUTION AND IRISH SOCIETY, 1800-1940.
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 278-279

2006

The diary of Nicholas Peacock, 1740-1751: The worlds of a County Limerick farmer and agent.
Fleming, D
(2006) The diary of Nicholas Peacock, 1740-1751: The worlds of a County Limerick farmer and agent.
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 248-249