Professor Christopher Whatley, Bonar Chair of Modern History, University of Dundee

Scope and Content

Papers relating to research on John Sharp of John Sharp & Sons, Jute Merchant, and his family, 2000-2001; papers relating to other research topics especially industrial archaeology and the Scottish salt industry, 1980s; address for Honorary Graduand Sydney Scroggie, 2001; letter from George Davie, author of 'The Democratic Intellect', to Chris Whatley, discussing his roots in Dundee, 2001.

Administrative / Biographical History

Christopher Whatley was educated at the University of Strathclyde. He joined the History Department at Dundee University in 1979. After a period at the University of St Andrews he returned to Dundee in 1992. He was awarded the Bonar Chair of Modern History in 2000 and became Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2002. Primarily a Scottish Historian Chris Whatley specialises in eighteenth century social and economic history. He has published several books and articles and has contributed to a number of television and radio programmes. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Whatley was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1988.


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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The papers were deposited by Chris Whatley between 1997 and 2002.


Fonds level description compiled by Caroline Brown, July 2003.

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Some of the papers relate to Whatley's publications including 'The Scottish salt industry, 1570-1850: an economic and social history' (1987).

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