Dr Billy Kelly
Lecturer in Ulster Scottish Studies
A native of Derry, Billy Kelly is Lecturer in History at the University of Ulster. He was previously Research Projects Co-ordinator with the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies at the Magee Campus.
Dr Kelly holds a BA Hons in Modern History from the University of Dublin and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Kelly's primary research interests are in early modern Irish and British history. Dr Kelly was Managing Editor of the translation of the Commentarius Rinuccinianus, the papal nuncio's account of his time in Ireland between 1645-1649 and is one of the key sources for the study of early modern Ireland and Britain and diplomatic relationships with Europe. This project is funded by the Department of Arts Sport and Tourism in the Republic of Ireland. The translated text is at present under external assessment for publication by the Irish Manuscripts Commission in hard copy and online by the University of Ulster. As Assistant Director of the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies he is particularly interested in the role of the Scots in Ulster in the seventeenth century.
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