‘came to her Dressed in mans cloaths’: Transgender histories and queer approaches to the family in eighteenth-century Ireland.

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Abstract

This article engages with queer and trans scholarship to produce a methodological think-piece on how to queer the Irish family. It draws on the case of David Campbel (also identified in the records as Elizabeth McIlroy), who was cited before Templepatrick Presbyterian Kirk Session in March 1706 after being accused of dressing in men’s clothing and initiating courtship with a woman named Margaret McCal. Instead of reading the case as a simple instance of crossdressing, the article opens up new discursive pathways in histories of gender and the Irish family by situating it within a trans historical framework. Albeit based on one case-study, the story of David Campbel captures an extraordinary – yet, as I will argue, very ordinary, intimate encounter that has important implications for our understanding of the family in Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe History of the Family
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Jan 2024

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