Eveline Cruickshanks

Eveline Cruickshanks (born 1926) is an historian of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British political history, specialising in Jacobitism and Toryism.[1] She is of English, Scottish and French descent. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research of the University of London.

Cruickshanks edited the volumes of the History of Parliament for the years 16901715 and wrote all of the major biographies of Tory parliamentarians for the volumes covering 17151754, edited by Romney Sedgwick.[2] J. C. D. Clark has spoken of Cruickshanks' "pioneering work on the Tories"[3] and has argued: "What made Sedgwick's volumes explosive was Dr Cruickshanks' argument, which made it impossible so to brush Tory survival aside: that the Tories were heavily involved, at different times, with Jacobitism and that the latter was a powerful and lasting force in politics".[4]

She published The Glorious Revolution in 2000 (Palgrave-Macmillan). Toryism and Jacobitism in the late seventeenth and eighteenth century is her special interest and she has edited several volumes of essays on the subject. The Atterbury Plot written with the late Professor Howard Erskine-Hill published in 2004 is the first full scale study of this subject. She is currently preparing a revised edition of Political Untouchables; The Tories and the ‘45.

She is Chairman of the Jacobite Studies Trust, a registered Charity, whose first conference was held at the British Academy on 11–12 July 2007. She is a former Chairman of the Royal Stuart Society, and presently one of its Vice-Presidents.


  • Political Untouchables; The Tories and the '45 (Duckworth 1979).
  • By Force or By Default? The Revolution of 1688-89 (1989).
  • The Glorious Revolution (2000).
  • The Atterbury Plot (with Professor Howard Erskine-Hill, 2004).


  1. Dr. Eveline Cruickshanks
  2. Eveline Cruickshanks, Political Untouchables; The Tories and the '45 (Duckworth 1979), back flap.
  3. J. C. D. Clark, Revolution and Rebellion. State and Society in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Cambridge University Press, 1986), p. 153.
  4. Clark, p. 152.