About me





Member Details

Full Name

John Cunningham

Membership Type

Professional Historian



2019 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (QUB)
2009 PhD in History (NUI Galway)

2005 BA in History and English (NUI Galway)


Jan.-Apr. 2021 Part-time Lecturer in History, MIC Limerick.
2016-2019 Lecturer in Early Modern Irish and British History, Queen's University Belfast

2013-2016 Associate Research Fellow, History Department, University of Exeter (0.5 FTE): 'The medical world of early modern England, Wales and Ireland, c. 1500-1715'

2013–2016 Research Fellow, History Department, Trinity College Dublin (0.5 FTE)

2010-2013 Government of Ireland CARA Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Freiburg: Crisis, conflict and change in seventeenth-century Ireland and Bohemia

Consultancy work

2015 – Consultant on legal case in relation to sale of noble titles.

2010 – Placenames Researcher on the 1641 Depositions Project, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Aberdeen (2 months, part time)

2009-10 – Investigator for an IMC Pilot Project on the digitisation of the Books of Survey and Distribution (5 months, part time)

Management & Administrative experience

I have experience of a wide range of the responsibilities associated with teaching and with organising conferences at university level.

I was on the organising committee for the Tudor & Stuart Ireland Conference at QUB in 2018. In 2015 I organised a conference on 'The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland' at TCD. In 2008 I was responsible for the Irish History Students' Association Annual Conference at NUI Galway.


At MIC – HI4714 Early Modern Ireland; HI4760 Ireland and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1638-1660
At QUB – HIS1002 Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe; HIS1003 Elites, Wealth and Power in Early Modern Ireland; HIS3120 The British Republic: Culture, Religion and War, 1649-1660; HIS3121 The War of Ideas in Seventeenth Century Ireland; MHY7020 Becoming a Historian

In 2012 and again in 2016 I taught an honours seminar module at TCD entitled 'The nobility in early modern Ireland'.

Between 2007 and 2010 I taught tutorials across a range of History courses at NUI Galway. In 2010 I was responsible for teaching part of a lecture module on the subject of 'The Tudors: religion, state and society' at NUI Galway. In 2008 and 2009 I delivered introductory lectures on seventeenth-century Ireland to the MA class in Irish Studies.

Outreach activities

I have delivered talks on a range of subjects at the County Mayo History Festival, the Clans of Ireland AGM, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, the Moate Historical Society, the Old Drogheda Society, the Irish Genealogical Society, the Sligo Field Club, the Drumraney Heritage Group, the Cromwell Association and Ballintubber Abbey (Octocentenary Lecture Series). I have contributed to various blogs. In 2016 I was a contributor to a BBC Radio NI programme entitled 'Was Cromwell Really All That Bad?'

Committees & Associations

Secretary, Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies (2017-19)
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Irish Committee of Historical Sciences (2017-19)
Editorial Board of Irish Historical Studies (2017-19)
Irish Association of Professional Historians
Institute for Irish Studies and Centre for Public History QUB (2016-19)


2013 NUI Publications Prize in Irish History for my monograph Conquest and land in Ireland: the transplantation to Connacht, 1649-1680
2010-2013 Government of Ireland CARA Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowship
2006-2009 IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholarship
2006-2009 Honorary Student Fellowship, Irish Genealogical Research Society
2006 NUI Galway Arts Faculty Summer Research Travel Bursary
2005-2006 NUI Galway Arts Faculty Fellowship



Conquest and land in Ireland: the transplantation to Connacht, 1649-1680 (Royal Historical Society Studies in History, new series, lxxxii, 2011)

John Cunningham (ed.), Early modern Ireland and the world of medicine: practitioners, collectors and contexts (Manchester, 2019)

Book Chapters

'The 1641 rebellion in County Westmeath', in Westmeath: History and Society, ed. Seamus O'Brien (forthcoming)

'A scramble for Ireland: Cromwell and the land settlement', in Cromwell and Ireland: new perspectives, ed. Bennett, Martyn, Gillespie, Raymond, and Spurlock, R. Scott (forthcoming, 2021)

'Introduction', in Cunningham, ed., Early Modern Ireland and the world of medicine: practitioners, collectors and contexts

'Sickness, disease and medical practitioners in 1640s Ireland' in Cunningham, ed., Early Modern Ireland and the world of medicine: practitioners, collectors and contexts

'Politics, 1641-1660', in Jane Ohlmeyer, ed., The Cambridge History of Ireland: vol. 2, Early Modern Ireland, 1550-1730 (Cambridge, 2018)

The history of medicine in early modern Ireland: some problems and opportunities’, in Sarah Covington, Valerie McGowan-Doyle and Vincent Carey (eds), New directions in early modern Irish history (New York, 2019)

‘The New English, the past and the law in the 1640s: Sir William Parsons's “Examen Hiberniae”’, in Coleman Dennehy (ed.), Law and revolution in seventeenth-century Ireland (Irish Legal History Society, forthcoming, 2019)

‘Cromwellian County Mayo’, in Gerard Moran and Nollaig Ó Muraíle, eds., Mayo: history and society (Dublin, 2014), 207-28

‘1641 and the shaping of Cromwellian Ireland’, in Eamon Darcy, Annaleigh Margey and Elaine Murphy, eds., The 1641 depositions and the Irish rebellion (London, 2012), 155-67

‘The Gookin-Lawrence pamphlet debate and transplantation in Cromwellian Ireland’, in Ciara Breathnach, Liam Chambers, Catherine Lawless and Anthony McElligott, eds., Power in history: from the medieval to the post-modern world (Historical Studies xxvii, 2011), 63-80

Peer Reviewed Journals

'Who framed Charles I? The forged commission for the Irish rebellion of 1641 revisited', English Historical Review (2021)

'Milton, John Hall and Thomas Waring's Brief Narration of the Rebellion in Ireland', Milton Quarterly, 53(2) (2019), 69-85

'Anatomising Irish Rebellion: the Cromwellian Delinquency Commissions, the Books of Discrimination and the 1641 Depositions', Irish Historical Studies, xl (2016), 22-42

‘Divided conquerors: Cromwell’s army, the Rump parliament and Ireland, 1649-1653’, English Historical Review, cxxix (2014), 830-61

‘Lay Catholicism and religious policy in Cromwellian Ireland’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, lxiv (2013), 769-86

‘The transplanters’ certificates and the historiography of Cromwellian Ireland’, Irish Historical Studies, xxxvii (2011), 376-95

‘Oliver Cromwell and the “Cromwellian” settlement of Ireland’, Historical Journal, liii (2010), 919-37

Other Journals

‘Cromwell and the Irish land settlement’, Cromwelliana: the Journal of the Cromwell Association, 3rd ser., no. 3 (2014), 50-63


Review of David Brown, Empire and enterprise: money, power and the adventurers for Irish land in the British civil wars (Manchester, 2020), The Seventeenth Century, xxxv (2020), 835-6.

Review of Salvador Ryan and Clodagh Tait (eds), Religion and politics in urban Ireland, c. 1500- c. 1750: essays in honour of Colm Lennon (Dublin 2016), in Urban History, xliv (2017), 575-77

Review of Robert Armstrong, Protestant war: the ‘British’ of Ireland and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (Manchester 2005), in Irish Studies Review, xvii (Nov. 2009), 519-20

Review of Kevin Costello, The court of admiralty of Ireland, 1575-1893 (Dublin 2011), in Irish Historical Studies, xxxviii (2012), 137-8