Written by a team of 280 scholars, The Biographical Dictionary provides biographical entries for over 820 women (with over 200 more as co-subjects) in Scottish history from the earliest times to 2004. A thematic index allows readers to make connections between the entries, while suggestions for further reading provide references to both primary and secondary sources. The Dictionary includes the famous and the not-so-famous, and enables a new perspective on Scottish life and national identity.
Elizabeth Ewan is University Research Chair and Professor of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph. She received her degrees from Queen's University, Kingston, and University of Edinburgh. She works in the areas of gender, crime, and urban history of medieval and early modern Scotland. Her publications include the edited volumes Women in Scotland c.1100-c.1750 (1999), The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (2006), Finding the Family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland (2008), Search for Salvation: lay faith in Scotland, 1480-1560 (2009), and Shaping of Scottish Identities: family, nation, and the worlds beyond (2011).