Catherine Wright

Social and cultural connections between the English and the Dutch in England, c.1660-c.1720


I read Modern History at Keble College, Oxford, and returned there to study for an M.St. in Historical Research; I am now studying for my PhD on a part-time basis at the Centre for Metropolitan History. The project investigates the social and cultural presence of Dutch people in London, in the distinctive context of a period encompassing two Anglo-Dutch wars, the accession and reign of William III, and alliances during the Nine Years’ War and the War of the Spanish Succession. It illuminates the relationships, activities and experiences of a stranger population familiar to Londoners, and asks: what did it mean to be Dutch in London society? Research questions include: identifying Dutch people and communities in the metropolis; occupations and economic activities; social networks; and cultural influence.

I am currently working as a part-time Data Developer on the Proceedings of the Central Criminal Court, 1834-1914 project, which is based at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield (and is the successor project to the Old Bailey Proceedings Online). I also do private research work, mostly relating to seventeenth-century economic, social and diplomatic history. I am also one of the compilers of the Economic History Review’s annual list of publications.

Research and publications

Conference and seminar papers

  • 'The Dutch Church in London in the later seventeenth century', Low Countries Seminar (Institute of Historical Research), 24 November 2006.
  • 'Anglo-Dutch and Dutch in England', Regional History Centre conference: A Nation of Many Parts? (University of the West of England), 16 September 2006
  • 'The Dutch presence in London, 1680-1700', CRASSH conference: The Intellectual and Cultural Lives of Protestant Strangers in Early Modern England (King’s College London), 26 March 2006.
  • 'Putting the Dutch on the map', Association of Low Countries Studies conference: Trading Places (University College London), 5 January 2006.
  • '"The Pismire of the United Provinces" and "The neerest neighbour to the Divell": early Stuart observations of the Dutch', Reading and Texts in Early Modern England seminar (Oxford University), 10 November 2004.


Huguenot Scholarship, 2004-05