• Making Ireland English: The Irish Aristocracy in the Seventeenth Century (Yale University Press, 2012)
  • Civil War and Restoration in the Three Stuart Kingdoms: The Political Career of Randal MacDonnell First Marquis of Antrim (1609–83) (Cambridge University Press, 1993; paperback reprint in Four Courts Press’s ‘Classics in Irish History’ Series, Dublin, 2001)


  • The Cambridge History of Ireland. Vol. 2. Early Modern Ireland, 1550–1730 (Cambridge University Press, 2018; paperback, 2020) Ireland
  • 1641: Contexts and Reactions editor with Micheál Ó Siochrú (Manchester University Press, 2013; paperback 2014)
  • Irish and Scottish Mercantile Networks in Europe and Overseas in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries editor with David Dickson and Jan Parmentier (Ghent University Press, 2007)
  • Intelligence, Statecraft and International Power editor with Robert Armstrong and Eunan O’Halpin (Irish Academic Press, 2006)
  • British Interventions in Early Modern Ireland editor with Ciaran Brady (Cambridge University Press, 2004; paperback 2010)
  • The Stuart Kingdoms in the Seventeenth Century: Awkward Neighbours editor with Allan Macinnes (Four Courts Press, 2002)
  • Kingdom or Colony?: Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 2000; paperback 2010)
  • The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland and Ireland, 1638–1660 (Oxford University Press, 1998; reprinted as part of the Oxford Illustrated History series, 2002)
  • Ireland from Independence to Occupation, 1641–1660 (Cambridge University Press, 1995; paperback, 2002)


  • A Short View of the State and Condition of the Kingdom of Ireland … (Oxford University Press, 2020)
  • The Irish Statute Staple Books, 1596–1687 with Éamonn Ó Ciardha (Four Courts Press, 1998)
  • The 1641 Depositions. Between 2014 and 2020 the Irish Manuscripts Commission published the 1641 Depositions in 12 volumes. Aidan Clarke is the principal editor and I am one of the co-editors, along with Tom Bartlett, John Morrill and Micheál Ó Siochrú.
  • Vol I, Armagh, TCD, MS 836, Louth TCD, MS 834, Monaghan TCD, MS 834 (IMC, 2014)
  • Vol II, Cavan, TCD, MS 832 & MS 833, Fermanagh TCD, MS 835 (IMC, 2014)
  • Vol III, Antrim, TCD, MS 838, Derry, TCD, MS 839, Donegal, TCD, MS 839, Down, TCD, MS 837, Tyrone, TCD, MS 839 (IMC, 2014)
  • Vol IV, Dublin (IMC, 2017).
  • Vol. V, Kildare & Meath (IMC, 2019).
  • Vol. VI, Laois & Offaly (IMC, 2020).
  • Vol. VII, Wexford (IMC, 2020).
  • Vol. VIII, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford & Wicklow (IMC, 2020).
  • Vol. IX, Clare, Kerry, Limerick & Tipperary (IMC, 2020).
  • Vol. X, Cork. Part I (IMC, 2020). Vol. XI, Cork. Part II (IMC, 2020).
  • Vol. XII, Connacht, Westmeath & Longford (IMC, 2020).


I have published articles in peer-reviewed journals (including the very highly regarded Past & Present, American Historical Review and The Historical Journal), and chapters in edited volumes, anthologies and conference proceedings. Others have appeared in more popular outlets (History Ireland and History Today).

  1. ‘“Revising Anew” Early Modern Irish History’ in Sarah Covington et al (eds), New Directions in Early Modern Ireland (Routledge, 2018), pp 321–30.
  2. ‘Eastward Enterprises: Colonial Ireland, Colonial India’ in Past & Present, ccxl, no. 1 (2018), pp 83–118.
  3. ‘Ireland in the Early Modern World’ in Jane Ohlmeyer (ed.), The Cambridge History of Ireland. Vol. 2. Early Modern Ireland, 15501730 (Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp 1–20.
  4. ‘Conquest, Civilization, Colonization: Ireland, 1540–1660’ in Richard Bourke and Ian MacBride (eds), The Princeton Guide to Modern Irish History (Princeton University Press, 2016), pp 21–47.
  5. ‘Ireland, India and the British Empire’ in Studies in People’s History, ii, no. 2 (2015), pp 169–88.
  6. ‘Aristocratic identity formation in seventeenth-century Ireland’ in Liesbeth Geevers and Mirella Marini (eds), Dynastic Identity in Early Modern Europe. Rulers, aristocrats and the formation of identities (15201700) (Ashgate, 2015), pp 25–42.
  7. ‘‘Scottish peers’ in seventeenth-century Ireland’ in David Edwards (ed.), Scots in early modern Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2015), pp 62–94.
  8. ‘Reflections on Making Ireland English’ in William Roger Louis (ed.), Resplendent Adventures with Britannia: Personalities, Politics and Culture in Britain (Bloomsbury, 2015), pp 153–62.
  9. ‘The aristocracy in seventeenth-century Ireland: wider contexts and comparisons’, History Compass (2014), pp 33–42.
  10. ‘Ireland between 1641 and 1660’ in Alvin Jackson (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Irish History (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp 315–32.
  11. ‘‘The Word of Shiso’: current and future research agendas for early modern Irish history’ in SHISO (2012).
  12. ‘Making Ireland English: the seventeenth-century Irish peerage’ in Brian MacCuarta (ed.), Reshaping Ireland 15901700: Colonization and its consequences: Essays presented to Nicholas Canny (Four Courts Press, 2011), pp 131–46.
  13. ‘Historical Contexts: Ireland’ in Joad Raymond (ed.), The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture. Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660 (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp 39–49.
  14. ‘New light on the Marquis of Antrim and the ‘Wars of the Three Kingdoms’’ with Hector McDonnell in Analecta Hibernica, xli (2009), pp 11–66.
  15. ‘Meditations by Katherine Manners, duchess of Buckingham, 1646’ with Hector McDonnell in Analecta Hibernica, xli, (2009), pp 67–82.
  16. ‘Anatomy of plantation: the 1641 Depositions’ in History Ireland, xvii, no. 6 (2009), pp 54–6.
  17. ‘The baronial context of the Civil War in Ireland’ in John Adamson (ed.), The Civil Wars (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp 106–24.
  18. ‘Review article: The ‘Old British History’ and the early modern period’ in Historical Journal (2007), pp 499–512.
  19. ‘Military migration and the three Stuart kingdoms: a comparative survey’ in a collection of essays edited by Enrique García Hernán and Óscar Recio Morales and sponsored by the Ministries for Education and Defence and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid (2007).
  20. ‘Patronage and Restoration Politics: John Dryden and the House of Ormond’ with Steven Zwicker in Historical Journal (2006), pp 677–706.
  21. ‘Parliament and representation in early modern Ireland’ in Maija Jansson (ed.), Parliaments, Peoples, and Powers (16031800) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), pp 113–32.
  22. ‘Seventeenth-century Ireland and Scotland and their wider worlds’ in Thomas O’Connor and Mary Ann Lyons (eds), Irish Communities in early modern Europe (Four Courts Press, 2006), pp 457–83.
  23. ‘The Irish Peers, Political Power and Parliament, 1640–41’ in Ciaran Brady and Jane Ohlmeyer (eds.), British Interventions in Early Modern Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp 161–86.
  24. ‘New Perspectives on the English in Early Modern Ireland’ with Ciaran Brady in Ciaran Brady and Jane Ohlmeyer (eds), British Interventions in Early Modern Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp 1–27.
  25. ‘A Laboratory for Empire?: Early Modern Ireland and English Imperialism’ in Kevin Kenny (ed.), Ireland and the British Empire (Oxford University Press, 2004), pp 26–60.
  26. ‘Literature, Identity, and the New British Histories’ in David Barker and Willy Maley (eds), British Identities and English Renaissance Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp 245–55.
  27. ‘Records of the Irish Court of Chancery: A Preliminary Report, 1627–1634’ in Desmond Greer and Norma Dawson (eds), Mysteries and Solutions in Irish Legal History (Four Courts Press, 2001), pp 15–50.
  28. ‘Irish Recusant Lawyers during the Reign of Charles I’ in Micheál Ó Siochrú (ed.), Kingdoms in Crisis: Ireland in the 1640s (Four Courts Press, 2001), pp 63–89.
  29. ‘Calculating Debt: the Records of the Irish Statute Staple’ in Irish Economic and Social History, xxvii (2000), pp 63–5.
  30. ‘Driving a wedge within Gaeldom: Ireland and Scotland in the seventeenth century’ in History Ireland, vii, no. 3 (1999), pp 27–31.
  31. ‘Seventeenth-century Ireland and the New British and Atlantic Histories’ in American Historical Review, civ, no. 2 (1999), pp 446–62
  32. ‘The Statute Staple and Early Modern Ireland’ in History Ireland, vi, no. 4 (1998), pp 36–40.
  33. ‘The Wars of, for and in the Three Kingdoms’ in History Today, xlviii, no. 11 (1998), pp 16–22.
  34. “Civilizinge of those rude partes”. The colonization of Ireland and Scotland, 1580s–1640s’ in Nicholas Canny (ed.), The Oxford History of the British Empire, vol. 1, (Oxford University Press, 1998), pp 124–47.
  35. ‘The Wars of Religion, 1603–60’ in Thomas Bartlett and Keith Jeffery (eds), A Military History of Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp 160–87.
  36. ‘Strafford, the “Londonderry business” and the New British History’ in J. Merritt (ed.), Power and Policy: the political world of Thomas Wentworth, earl of Strafford (Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp 209–29.
  37. Together with James Maguire, I prepared for publication an article by the late Donal Cregan, ‘The Personnel of the Confederation of Kilkenny’ in Irish Historical Studies, xxix, (1995), pp 490–512.
  38. ‘A failed revolution?: The confederate civil war in its European context’, in History Ireland, i, no. 3 (1995), pp 24–9.
  39. ‘The “Antrim Plot” of 1641: A rejoinder?’ in The Historical Journal, xxvii (1994), pp 431–7.
  40. ‘A patriot for whom? The Marquis of Antrim, Irish and British politics during the mid-seventeenth century’ in History Today (1993), pp 13–18.
  41. ‘The “Antrim Plot” of 1641 – a myth?’ in The Historical Journal, xxxv (1992), pp 905–19.
  42. ‘Irish privateers during the civil war, 1642–50’ in The Mariner’s Mirror, lxxvi (1990), pp 119–34.
  43. “The Dunkirk of Ireland”: Wexford privateers during the 1640s’ in Journal of the Wexford Historical Society, xxii (1988–9), pp 23–49.
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