Alex Du Toit



Alexander du Toit is Archivist for the Lochaber Archives. Previously he was Assistant Archivist with the Highland Archives (2005-2008); an Archives Assistant at Glasgow University Archives Service (2005-2005); and Archivist at the Natal Archives Depot (1990-1991). Alex holds a PhD in English/History entitled ‘Patriotism, Presbyterianism, Liberty and Empire: An Alternative View of the Historical Writing of William Robertson’ from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. As well as having numerous publications to his name he was also an extensive contributor to the new Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford, 2004), for which he wrote or revised articles on seventeenth-and eighteenth-century subjects (mainly Scottish).


  • ‘Unionist-Nationalism in the Eighteenth Century: William Robertson and James Anderson (1662-1728)’, Scottish Historical Review Vol. 85 (2006) pp. 309-18.
  • ‘God before Mammon? William Robertson, Episcopacy and the Church of England’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History Vol. 54 (October, 2003) pp. 671-90.
  • ‘“A Species of False Religion”: William Robertson, Catholic Relief and the Myth of Moderate Tolerance’ Innes Review Vol. 52 No. 2 (Autumn, 2001) pp. 167-88.
  • ‘Who are the Barbarians? Scottish Views of Conquest and Indians, and William Robertson’s History of America’, Scottish Literary Journal, Vol. 26 No. 1 (June, 1999) pp. 29-47.
  • Magazines
  • ‘Rainbow Nations defy Grand Theory’, Times Higher Education Supplement Textbook Guide (24 November 2006).
  • ‘Collapse of a Contradiction’, Times Higher Education Supplement (27 January 2006).
  • ‘Little light on the Dark Continent’, Times Higher Education Supplement (20 May 2005).

Selected Conference Presentations

  • ‘Patriotism versus Cosmopolitanism: William Robertson on Empire in Europe’, presented at the joint Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society/Hungarian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference Empire, Philosophy and Religion: Scotland and Central Europe in the Eighteenth Century, Central European University, Budapest, (23-26 June 2005).