David Berry Prize

The David Berry Prize is for the best essay addressing an aspect of Scottish history. The winner is awarded a prize of £250. The Prize was endowed by David Anderson-Berry in memory of his father the Reverend David Berry.  In 1937 the first David Berry Prize was awarded to G. Donaldson for his essay ‘The polity of the Scottish reformed Church c.1460-1580, and the rise of the Presbyterian movement’.

The Society is delighted to announce that the 2018 David Berry Prize has been awarded to Katie Barclay for her essay ‘Love and Friendship between Lower Order Scottish Men: Or What the History of Emotions Has Brought to Early Modern Gender History’, in Elise Dermineur, Virginia Langum, and Åsa Karlsson Sjögren (eds), Revisiting Gender in European History, 1400-1800 (Routledge, 2018)

The judges commented:

“This is a rich and suggestive exploration of the interplay between the history of emotions and theories of early modern gender.  It draws on over a thousand witness depositions in Scottish civil and criminal cases between 1660 and 1830. The author argues that the performance of care and touch between lower order men was not just an important dimension of their notion of love and friendship in everyday life, but also bound them into an orderly society.  Such demonstrations of friendship and love, she proposes, were as significant to manly identity as honour, while violence between friends can be best viewed as the result of emotional demands placed upon friendship.  Thus she proposes that attention to emotions helps revise our understanding of masculinity.  This thoughtful essay has implications well beyond early modern Scotland and exemplifies the insights that may be obtained by placing two historiographies in fruitful dialogue with one another.

How to Enter

  • The essay submitted must be a genuine work of research based on original (manuscript or printed) materials.
  • The essay should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length (excluding footnotes and appendices).
  • Essays already published or accepted for future publication are eligible for submission.
  • Previous prize winners are not eligible to enter for the prize again.
  • Please note that an electronic copy of your essay will need to be uploaded to the entry form.
  • For further information on how to enter, please refer to the Guidelines.
  • Once you have read the guidelines please complete this Entry Form.

Closing date for entries: 31 December 2019

Past winners of the David Berry prize

All enquiries about the Prize should be addressed to the Administrative Secretary, Imogen Evans at: adminsecretary@royalhistsoc.org