Mark Wallace
Lyon College

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Mark Wallace

  Dr. Mark Wallace
  Associate Professor of History

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  Office 324 in the Lyon Business and Economics Building 
  870.307.7344 |


M. C. Wallace is an Associate Professor of History at Lyon College. He teaches British and Scottish history, lecturing on a wide range of subjects including British Imperialism, Scottish cultural, social, and intellectual history from the fifteenth century to the present, and the Scottish Enlightenment. A former Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh (IASH), he has written extensively on Scottish Freemasonry and eighteenth-century Scottish clubs and societies. Presently, he is editing a collection of essays entitled The Clubbable Scots: Clubs and Societies in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, which is slated to be published in early 2018 through Bucknell University Press in conjunction with the Studies in Eighteenth-Century Scottish Series. Dr. Wallace’s current research focuses on the issue of domestic service in Early Modern Scotland, further examining the role of servitude in creating a social hierarchy, and the socio-economic patterns of servitude and their impact on the formation of a national identity. He is also researching the influence of Scottish historical and literary clubs on the preservation and publication of Scottish texts, and the legacy of the late Enlightenment historical scholarship and antiquarianism with its interest in primary sources and the study of tangible remains from the past.



• Western Civilization I & II 

• British History to 1688

• British History, 1688 to the Present

• History of Scotland, Making of the Kingdom to the Present

• The Scottish Enlightenment, 1707–1830

• Edinburgh: Athens of the North

• An Associational World: British Clubs and Societies

• British Empire, 1450–1750

• British Empire, 1750–Present

• Senior Research Seminar



  • Norman B. Spencer Prize for Historical Research, Presented by Quatuor Coronati Research Lodge. London, England, 2017
  • Lyon College Professor of the Year, Presented by Alpha Chi National Academic Honor Society, 2017
  •  Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) Visiting Research Fellowship. Edinburgh, Scotland, May–August 2012



Editor, The Clubbable Scots: Clubs and Societies in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, Bucknell University Press and the Studies in Eighteenth–Century Scotland Series (in print)



“‘Sipping the flavour of other men’s minds’: Reassessing the Clubbable Scots," Introduction for The Clubbable Scots: Clubs and Societies in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, Bucknell University Press and the Studies in Eighteenth–Century Scotland Series (in print)

‘Antient Lustre in This Kingdome:’The Grand Lodge of Scotland, Operative Freemasonry and the Early Characteristics of Eighteenth-Century Scottish Lodges,” Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, Research Journal of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 (accepted, forthcoming 2018)

“Scottish Freemasons and the Struggle for Identity: Radical Scapegoats or Revolutionary Extremists?” in Secrecy, Secrets, and Lies in the UK, Westphalia Press. Fabienne Porter, University of Paris, ed., 2017

“The Scotch Diable Boiteaux” or, The Lame Scottish Devil: Masonic Rebellion and the Rise of the Whigs,” Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, Vol. 12 No. 1 April 2017, 47–64

“The Whigs Versus The Tories,” “The Maybole Trial of Sedition,” and “The Masonic Secession of 1808,” headnotes, primary source annotation, and endnotes in British Freemasonry: 1717–1813 Vol. 4: The Debates, Róbert Péter, University of Szeged, ed., October 2016, 217–350; endnotes 408–22 

“Eighteenth–Century Freemasonry in America,” in Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, Bloomsbury Academic Press. Mark G. Spencer, Brock University, ed., 2015

“‘That Pernicious Custom:’ Freemasonry and the Giving of Vails.” History Scotland, Vol. 13 No. 3 March/April 2013, 35–41

“Threats of Illuminism: Eighteenth–Century Scottish Masonic Conspiracy Theories,” History Scotland, Vol. 10 No. 3 May/June 2010, 20–24

‘Behind Closed and Guarded Doors:’ “Eighteenth–Century Scottish Freemasonry: Political Suspicion, Masonic Suppression and The French Revolution,” Journal for Eighteenth–Century Studies (accepted)

“Eighteenth–Century Scottish Freemasonry: ‘Illumatism,’ Radicalism and the Threat of Revolution,” Eighteenth–Century Scotland, No. 18 Spring 2004, 6–10

“Music, Song and Spirits: The Lighter Side of Scottish Freemasonry,” History Scotland, Vol. 4 No.1  January/February 2004, 38–44

“The Dundee Lodge,” Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, Research Journal of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, Vol. 114 October 2002, 196–199 



“Eighteenth-Century Scottish Sociability,” blog post for the Scottish History Network. First published August 2017,

“Freemasonry and the Masonic Agitation of 1808” in “Scottish Sociability: The Literature of Clubs and Societies,” The Bottle Imp. Paper presented at the Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5–8 January. Published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS) at the University of Glasgow, Issue 4 Supplement Edition April 2017


Brotherstone, Clark, and Whelan, eds., These Fractured Isles: Ireland, Scotland, and British History, 1798–1948 (John Donald: Edinburgh, 2005), for Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 87 No. 224, October 2008, 359–61

Hector MacMillan, Handful of Rogues: Thomas Muir’s Enemies of the People (Oxford: Argyll Publishing, 2005) for Eighteenth–Century Scotland, No. 20 Spring 2006, 37–8

William Weisberger, ed., Freemasonry On Both Sides Of The Atlantic (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002) for Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 83 No. 216 October 2004, 262–63 



 “Scottish Freemasonry and the Provincial Lodge System,” AQC 2018. Alexandria, Virginia, 2018

Paper Title TBD, Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society. Glasgow, 2018

“Reconceptualizing Eighteenth-Century Scottish Sociability,” Midwest Conference on British Studies. St. Louis, 2017

“The Language of Rebellion: Freemasonry and the Masonic Agitation of 1808,” Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, 2017

“‘High Life Below the Stairs:’ Domestic Service and Class Conflict in Enlightenment Scotland,” Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society. Pittsburgh, 2016

“Scottish Enlightenment and Associational Culture,” Britain and the World Conference. Newcastle University, June 2014

“Scotland: Establishing Celtic Connections,” Virginia Community Colleges Association Conference. Hot Springs, Virginia, October 2012

 “‘That Pernicious Custom: The Issue of Vails and Drink–Money,” Eighteenth–Century Scottish Studies Society Conference. University of South Carolina, July 2012

“Rethinking Scottish Improvement Societies: Eighteenth–Century Domestic Service and the Issue of Drink–Money,” Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities. University of Edinburgh, April 2012

“Masonic Boom: Expansion, Social Stratification, and the Cultivation of Diversity,” American Society for the Eighteenth–Century Studies Conference. Richmond, Virginia, March 2009

“The World of Associations: Hierarchy, Power, and Politics in Eighteenth–Century Scotland,” Eighteenth–Century Scottish Studies Society Conference. Central European University, June 2005

“Eighteenth–Century Scottish Freemasonry: Politics and Power,” Hierarchy and Power Conference. Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, June 2004 

“A Cheerful Glass and Song: Enlightenment Sociability in Britain,” University of Sheffield and The Center for Research into Freemasonry Research Seminar. June 2003

“The Culmination of Crisis: Political and Religious Agitation in the Enlightenment,” Perspectives on Scotland’s Place in World History. University of Glasgow, April 2003

“Scottish Freemasonry: 1725–1810,” Middle Atlantic Conference on British Studies. Rutgers University, March 2003