2017 - Flora Fraser

King’s College and the Washington Library are proud to announce Flora Fraser as the second Georgian Papers Fellow. At Windsor Castle, Flora will use the Cumberland and Stuart Papers to piece together the narrative of Flora Macdonald, who secured Charles Edward Stuart safe passage to Skye in 1746 and who subsequently emigrated to North Carolina. Flora will also use the resources at the Washington Library to examine Washington’s gradual shaping of American prisons and his edicts regarding loyalist civilians. This research will go towards her book project In Search of Flora Macdonald (1722-1790): Her Life in Skye and the Western Isles and, as a Highland Emigrant, during the American Revolution. Flora will also use resources at Windsor and the Washington Library to explore the career of Horatio Nelson for her other book project Lord Nelson of Burnham Thorpe, the Nile and Trafalgar: The Life on Land and at Sea of Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805).

2016 - Dr. Bruce Ragsdale

King's College and the Library are proud to announce Dr. Bruce Ragsdale as the first Mount Vernon Georgian Papers Fellow. He is working on a book project entitled George Washington at the Plow and used the fellowship to research connections between the agricultural improvement projects of George Washington and those of George III. He also explored the British models that inspired Washington's reorganization of farming at Mount Vernon. Dr. Ragsdale has served as director of the Federal Judicial History Office at the Federal Judicial Center and as associate historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is author of several works on Washington’s agricultural and commercial enterprises and on the revolutionary era in Virginia. Dr. Ragsdale was a member of the Library's inaugural class of fellows.

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