About me




I am manager of the Irish Family History Foundation and teach history part-time in Maynooth University.

Areas of expertise

Early modern Ireland, local history, genealogy.

Member Details

Full Name

Brendan Scott

Membership Type

Professional Historian



Taught and researched at NUI Galway, Maynooth University, St Angela's College, Sligo, Dundalk IT, Trinity College Dublin and Cavan Genealogy.
Research Officer at Cavan County Museum, 2006-2009.

Consultancy work

Undertaken a number of research projects for the Ulster Historical Foundation, Cavan County Council, Cavan Genealogy, Loreto College Cavan and the Ulster Local History Trust.

Management & Administrative experience

Manager of the Irish Family History Foundation, a conglomeration of 32 genealogy centres on the island of Ireland, and its associated website, http://www.rootsireland.ie.


Taught modules on the following subjects in a number of third level institutions:
Ireland, 1014-1400;
Ireland, 1400-1603;
Ireland, 1485-1603;
Ireland, 1509-1691;
Ireland, 1603-1800;
Politics and society in early modern Ireland;
Maps and mapping;
Early modern Europe;
The history of European towns;
European imperialism;
Museum studies.

Outreach activities

Organise public lecture series for Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne and edit their annual journal, Breifne.
Spoken to numerous local history societies in Ireland.
Organised weekend community events in Fenagh, County Leitrim, and Knockninny, County Fermanagh, based around manuscripts which originated in those areas.

Committees & Associations

Committee member of Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne;
Former director of the Ulster Local History Trust.


Awarded a grant from the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, 2019.
Awarded a travel grant by Creative Ireland, 2019.



• Belturbet, County Cavan 1610-1714: the origins of an Ulster Plantation town (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2020).
• (with Liam Kelly), Loreto College Cavan, 1930-2013 (Cavan: Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne, 2013).
• (with William Roulston), The charter towns of Ulster, 1613-2013 (Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2013) [material presented in booklet, pocket map and exhibition formats].
• (Prepared for publication with an introduction), Robert Hunter, The Ulster Port Books, 1612-15 (Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2012).
• Farnham: images from the Maxwell Estate, Co. Cavan (Bray: Wordwell Books, 2010).
• Cavan 1609-53: plantation, war and religion (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007).
• Religion and reformation in the Tudor diocese of Meath (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006).


• Society and administration in Ulster’s Plantation towns (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019).
• (with Liam Kelly), Leitrim: History & Society (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2019).
• (with Raymond Gillespie), The Books of Knockninny: manuscripts, culture and society in early eighteenth-century Fermanagh (Cavan: Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne, 2019).
• (with Raymond Gillespie and Salvador Ryan), Making the Book of Fenagh: context and text (Cavan: Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne, 2016).
• (with Jonathan Cherry), Cavan: History & Society (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2014).
• (with John Dooher), Plantation: aspects of early seventeenth-century Ulster Society (Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2013).
• Cavan town 1610-2000: a brief history (Cavan: Cavan County Council, 2012).
• Culture and society in early modern Breifne/Cavan (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009).

Book Chapters

• ‘Famine and poverty in late-medieval in early-modern Ireland’ in Christine Kinealy & Gerard Moran (eds), Irish famines before and after the Great Hunger (Quinnipiac University Press, 2020), pp 3-18.
• ‘Belturbet, County Cavan: the development and administration of an Ulster Plantation town’ in Brendan Scott (ed.), Society and administration in the Ulster Plantation towns (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019), pp 56-68.
• ‘Why don’t you love me like you used to do? Marital discord in early modern Ireland’ in Salvador Ryan (ed.), Marriage and the Irish: a miscellany (Bray: Wordwell Books, 2019), pp 56-8.
• ‘The dissolution of the Augustinian communities in the Pale during the Henrician period’ in Martin Browne & Colmán Ó Clabaigh (eds), Households of God: the regular canons and canonesses of St Augustine and of Prémontré in medieval Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019), pp 252-65.
• ‘Seventeenth-century Leitrim: plantation to rebellion’ in Liam Kelly & Brendan Scott (eds), Leitrim: history & society (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2019), pp 279-96
• ‘The Maguires and Fermanagh, 1603-1720’ in Raymond Gillespie & Brendan Scott (eds), The Book of Knockninny and its associated manuscripts (Cavan: Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne, 2019), pp 11-24.
• (with William Roulston), ‘A window into Clogher Church of Ireland diocese: the visitations of 1622 and 1733’ in Éamonn Ó Ciardha & Patrick Duffy (eds), Monaghan: history & society (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2017), pp 407-24.
• ‘The strange burials and “afterlives” of William Bedell and James Craig’ in Salvador Ryan (ed.), Death and the Irish: a miscellany (Bray: Wordwell Books, 2016), pp 75-77.
• (with Liam Kelly), ‘Fenagh in 1516: the religious and social context for the Book of Fenagh’ in Raymond Gillespie, Salvador Ryan & Brendan Scott (eds), Making the Book of Fenagh: context and text (Cavan: Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne, 2016).
• ‘The dissolution of the Knights Hospitaller in Henrician Ireland and their attempted revival’ in Martin Browne & Colmán Ó Clabaigh (eds), Soldiers of Christ: the Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar in medieval Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015), pp 47-60.
• ‘A failure of leadership? Bishop Edward Staples and the Henrician Reformation’ in Arlene Crampsie & Francis Ludlow (eds), Meath: history & society (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2015), pp 199-214.
• ‘The Ulster Plantation and its effect on native and settler in Cavan, 1610-41’ in Jonathan Cherry & Brendan Scott (eds), Cavan: history & society (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2014), pp 149-72.
• ‘The 1622 Royal Visitation of the Church of Ireland in Ulster’ in Brendan Scott & John Dooher (eds), Plantation: aspects of society in early seventeenth-century Ulster (Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2013), pp 55-68.
• (with Jonathan Cherry), ‘Cavan town: an overview’ in Brendan Scott (ed.), Cavan town, 1610-2000: a brief history (Cavan: Cavan County Council, 2012), pp 1-18.
• ‘Accounts of the battle of Cavan Town, 1690’ in Brendan Scott (ed.), Cavan town, 1610-2000: a brief history (Cavan: Cavan County Council, 2012), pp 19-27.
• ‘Introduction: continuity and change in Breifne/Cavan’ in Brendan Scott (ed.), Culture and society in early modern Breifne/Cavan (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009), pp 1-4.
• Reporting the 1641 rising in Cavan and Leitrim’ in Brendan Scott (ed.), Culture and society in early modern Breifne/Cavan (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009), pp 200-214.
• ‘The religious houses of Tudor Dublin: their communities and resistance to the dissolution, 1537-41’ in Seán Duffy (ed.), Medieval Dublin VII (Dublin, 2006), pp 214-32.

Peer Reviewed Journals

• ‘Commodities and the import trade in early Plantation Ulster’ in Irish Economic and Social History (published online 25 October 2020; forthcoming in print, 2021).
• ‘Select document: petition of the inhabitants of Cavan to the lord deputy and council, 8 July 1629’ in Irish Historical Studies, 43 (163) (2019), pp 111-25.
• ‘Bishop William Bedell and the “humble petition” of the Protestant laity and clergy in Cavan, 1633’ in Studia Hibernica, 45 (2019), pp 53-67.

Other Journals

• ‘Sir Stephen Butler and other inhabitants of early Plantation Belturbet’ in Breifne, 54 (2019), pp 413-26.
• ‘The making of the Book of Fenagh, 1516’ in History Ireland, 25/3 (2017), pp 18-20.
• ‘An eighteenth-century inventory of Belturbet military barracks’ in Breifne, 51 (2016), pp 834-37.
• ‘An apparition in Redhills, 1711’ in Breifne, 49 (2014), pp 326-329.
• (with William Roulston and Philip Robinson), ‘The charter towns of Ulster’ in Familia, 29 (2013), pp 135-52.
• ‘Accusations against Murtagh King, 1638’ in Archivium Hibernicum, 65 (2012), pp 76-81.
• ‘Attitudes between native and settler in Cavan, 1610-41’ in Group for the study of Irish historic settlement newsletter, 16 (2011-12), pp 15-18.
• ‘Career wives or wicked stepmothers? Jenet Sarsfield and marriage in Tudor Ireland’ in History Ireland, 17/1 (2009), pp 14-17.
• ‘Administrative documents relating to the pre-reformation church in the diocese of Meath, c.1518’ in Archivium Hibernicum, 61 (2008), pp 325-346.
• ‘The landowners of the late Elizabethan Pale: “The generall hosting appointed to meet at ye Hill of Tarrah on the 24 of September 1593”’ in Analecta Hibernica, 39 (2006), pp 63-76.
• ‘The clergy and religious reform in the sixteenth-century diocese of Meath’ in Ríocht na Midhe, 17 (2006), pp 50-63.
• ‘A catalogue of Farnham material held by Cavan County Museum’ in Breifne, 42 (2006), pp 148-83.
• ‘A typical clergyman? Richard Plunkett and the reformation in Tudor Meath’ in History Ireland, 13/6 (2005), pp 17-20.
• ‘The reformation in sixteenth-century historiography’ in Breifne, 41 (2005), pp 3-19.
• ‘The dissolution of the religious houses in the Tudor diocese of Meath’ in Archivium Hibernicum, 59 (2005), pp 260-76.
• ‘The 1641 rising in the plantation town of Belturbet’ in Breifne, 40 (2004), pp 155-75.


Various reviews in Breifne, Irish Historical Studies, Sixteenth-Century Journal, Studia Hibernica, History Ireland, Irish Archives.