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Sadie Jarrett

EHS Postan Fellow

Sadie Jarrett is a historian of early modern Britain with a particular focus on the Welsh gentry. Her research examines the Welsh gentry within the power structures of the English state and disputes the existing narrative that the Welsh gentry were Anglicized through their contact with England.

Sadie's research

After a BA in History from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Historic Conservation from Oxford Brookes University, Sadie completed her PhD at Bangor University in 2020. She was based at the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates, where she is now an honorary research associate. Her project, funded by the Rhug Estate, used a case study of a north Wales gentry family, the Salesburys of Rhug and Bachymbyd, to demonstrate that a Welsh identity was fundamental to the gentry’s status in early modern Wales.

At the IHR, Sadie will develop her case study of the Salesburys of Rhug and Bachymbyd and revise her doctoral thesis for publication as a monograph. Her primary focus during the fellowship year will be the composition and management of the Salesbury estates and the role of women as administrators. The resulting monograph will provide a comprehensive account of a Welsh gentry family’s social and economic power from c.1475–c.1720 and present a significant challenge to the dominant view that the early modern Welsh gentry isolated themselves from their local societies.  


'"By reason of her sex and widowhood": An early modern Welsh gentlewoman in the Court of Star Chamber', in Krista J. Kesselring and Natalie Mears (eds), Star Chamber Matters: The Court and its Records (University of London Press: London, 2021) [forthcoming].

'Officeholding and local politics in early modern Wales: A study of the Salesburys of Rhug and Bachymbyd, c.1536–1621', Welsh History Review, 30: 2 (2020), 206–32 [forthcoming].

'Using legal records to understand the Welsh gentry's sense of self', The Docket: Law and History Review Digital Edition, 3: 1 (2020), available at

'Credibility in the Court of Chancery: Salesbury v. Bagot, 1671–1677', The Seventeenth Century (2019), DOI: 10.1080/0268117X.2019.1694060 [advanced access].