About me




I currently hold an IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship for a project entitled 'The Cat's Paw: Catholic Irish women, 1685-1718' and am based at Maynooth University's Department of History.

Areas of expertise

Early modern Irish, British, transnational
Women and gender
Frances Talbot, countess/duchess of Tyrconnell

Member Details

Full Name

Dr Frances Nolan (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



PhD, University College Dublin (2011-15). Awarded 2016.


Current: IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Maynooth University (2018-2020)

Occasional Lecturer, UCD School of History
National Library of Ireland Research Studentship
Researcher, RTÉ Sport
Researcher, RTÉ Current Affairs (General Election 2016 & Centenary Commemorations)

Management & Administrative experience

Archivist on Duty, National Library of Ireland (2016/17)

Committee Member, Tudor & Stuart Ireland Conference (2012-present)


Occasional Lecturer, UCD School of History (2017/18)

Tutor/Module co-ordinator, UCD Access Programme (2016-present)

Tutor, School of History, University College Dublin (2011-15)

Committees & Associations

Committee: Tudor & Stuart Ireland Conference (2012-present)
Member: Irish Association of Professional Historians
Member: Women's History Association of Ireland


Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2020)

Women's History Association of Ireland Publication Prize 2017

NLI Research Studentship in Irish History (2016-17)

Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (2012-15)

UCD Seed Funding (2014)



C.I. McGrath and F.M. Nolan (eds), A List of the Claims as they are Entred with the Trustees at Chichester-House on College-Green in Dublin, on or before the Tenth of August, 1700 (Irish Manuscripts Commission)

Peer Reviewed Journals

Frances Nolan, ‘”The Cat’s Paw”: Helen Arthur, the Act of Resumption, and The Popish Pretenders to the Forfeited Estates in Ireland, 1700-3’, Irish Historical Studies 42, no. 162 (Nov. 2018), pp 225-43.
(Winner of WHAI Publication Prize, 2017)


Frances Nolan, 'Rachel Wilson, Elite Women in Ascendancy Ireland, 1690 – 1745: Imitation and Innovation (Woodbridge, 2015)', Eighteenth Century Ireland, xxxi (2016), pp 183-6.

Frances Nolan, 'Salvador Ryan and Clodagh Tait (eds), Religion and Politics in Urban Ireland, c. 1500-c.1750: Essays in Honour of Colm Lennon (Dublin, 2016)', Irish Literary Supplement (Spring, 2018), pp 13-14.

Frances Nolan, 'The acts of James II's Irish parliament of 1689. Edited by John Bergin and Andrew Lyall (Dublin, 2016), Irish Historical Studies, forthcoming.