Charles W. J. Withers

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Professor Charles W. J. Withers FBA, FRSE, FAcSS (born 6 December 1954) is professor of historical geography at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


Charles Withers was educated at Daniel Stewart's College, in Edinburgh, the University of St Andrews (B.Sc.), and Downing College, Cambridge (Ph.D.).[1]


  • Placing the Enlightenment: thinking geographically about the Age of Reason (University of Chicago Press, 2007).
  • Geography and revolution, edited with David N. Livingstone (University of Chicago Press, 2005).
  • Georgian geographies: essays on space, place and landscape in the eighteenth century, edited with Miles Ogborn (Manchester University Press, 2004).
  • Science and medicine in the Scottish Enlightenment, edited with Paul Wood (Tuckwell Press, 2002).
  • Geography, science and national identity: Scotland since 1520 (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
  • Geography and Enlightenment edited with David N. Livingstone (University of Chicago Press, 1999).
  • Urban Highlanders: Highland-Lowland migration and urban Gaelic culture, 1700-1900 (Tuckwell Press, 1998).
  • Urbanising Britain: essays on class and community in nineteenth-century Britain, edited with Gerry Kearns (Cambridge University Press, 1991).
  • Discovering the Cotswolds (John Donald, 1990).
  • Gaelic Scotland: the transformation of a culture region (Routledge, 1988).
  • The Highland Communities of Dundee and Perth 1797-1891: a study in the social history of migrant Highlanders (Abertay Historical Society Publication, 1986).
  • Gaelic in Scotland 1698 to 1891: the geographical history of a language (John Donald, 1984).

Professional affiliations


  1. WITHERS, Prof. Charles William John, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 20146

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