Project Team

The Bernard Papers project is led by Colin Nicolson, the editor, who reports to the publications board of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. While the project does not employ permanent staff, it has benefitted enormously from the enthusiatic support provided by some very able research assistants, who have helped the editor transcribe and proof-read documents and check facts.

Dr. Colin Nicolson, M.A., Ph.D., F.R.Hist.S.

I teach American history at the University of Stirling, with research interests in the American Revolution. I am a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts.  Publications include The Papers of Francis Bernard, Governor of Colonial Massachusetts, 1760-1769, 6 vols., (Boston: 2007-). Vol. 1, 1759-63 (2007); Vol. 2, 1764-65 (2012); Vol. 3, 1766-67 (2013);  "A Plan "to banish all the Scotchmen": Victimization and Political Mobilization in Pre-Revolutionary Boston," Massachusetts Historical Review 9 (2007): 55-102; The 'Infamas Governor': Francis Bernard and the Origins of the American Revolution (Boston, 2001). I am currently preparing volume 6 of the Bernard Papers, writing a book on John Adams and Friendship, and researching the authorship of the Loyalist tract Massachusettensis (1775). Publications and papers are listed on my university website.


Dr. Stuart Salmon, B.A. PhD. 

I teach American, British, and European history at the University of Stirling and have taught at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh. I have a PhD (2010) on the Loyalist Regiments of the American Revolution, supervised by Dr Nicolson. I am a  member of my local “am dram” club and I like walking and watching old films. email:

Chris Minty, B.A, PhD.

I worked on the Bernard Papers project whilst studying for a PhD at the University of Stirling under the supervision of Dr. C. Nicolson and Dr. E. V. Macleod. The PhD investigated Loyalism in New York during the ‘Age of Revolutions’ and undertook a prosopographical study of over 5,000 Loyalists ffollowing their lives before, during and after the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). I was awarded the PhD degree in 2015. My research was supported by several academic institutions and bodies in Canada, Great Britain and the United States. In 2011-2012, I was a Jacob M. Price Short-Term Visiting Research Fellow at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan and a Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. In 2012-2013, I was a Larry J. Hackman Research Resident at the New York State Archives and an Eccles Centre Fellow at the British Library. For the academic year 2013-2014, I was the William A. Dearborn Fellow in American History at the Houghton Library at Harvard University. Alongside these fellowships, I was awarded a scholarship from the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada and have received financial support from the Royal Historical Society and the Foundation for Canadian Studies.

I have taught American and European history at the universities of Stirling, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. I am currently assistant editor at the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.


Scott Bird, B.A.

I graduated from the University of Stirling with an honours degree in history, religion and education. My final year dissertation was  " The 'Invasion of Yankeedom': General Lee's Gettysburg Campaign, June to July 1863." This focused on the reports/opinions from the newspapers, both North and South.  I am presently researching Lee scholar Senator Charles Allen Culberson (1899 - 1923) and religious themes in the 'Declaration of Arbroath' (1320). email:

Robyn Leith Stewart, B.A.

I am from the US and studied for a BA Honours in Film and Media at Stirling. My goal is to create historical documentaries, and I am currently working on an independent production.