Staff Profile of Dr Lowri Ann Rees BA, MA, PhD (Wales), PGCertHE (Bangor), FHEA

Lowri Ann Rees
Dr Lowri Ann Rees
Lecturer in Modern History
+44 (0)1248 382248
Room 228.2 (G7), Main Arts

Biography and research areas

After gaining a BA in History, MA in the History of Wales and PhD at Aberystwyth University, Dr Rees joined the School of History and Archaeology as Lecturer in Modern History. She completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at Bangor University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr Rees is editor of the Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club.

Her main research areas focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Wales, in particular the landed elite and their country estates, social mobility, rural society and protest movements. She is currently researching the link between Wales and the East India Company, focusing on instances of Company men purchasing landed estates in Wales.

You can follow Dr Rees on Twitter @LowriAnnRees

Areas of teaching and supervision

Dr Rees’ teaching concentrates on the history of Britain during the nineteenth century.


Part One

  • HXW1010 Hope or Heartbreak? Wales Since 1789

Part Two

  • HTH2160/3160 The Age of Reform: Britain 1770-1835
  • HGH2135/3135 Victorian Britain, 1837-1901
  • HTH2149/3149 Britannia Rule the Waves: the British Empire and the World, 1780–1914
  • HSH3126/3127 Land and Power in England and Wales, 1780–1888
  • HGH9000-0 International Placement Module
  • HCH2050 Debating History (contributor)
  • Workplace module (contributor)
  • Dissertation supervision


Taught MA

  • HPH4021 An Open Elite? Nineteenth-Century England and Wales
  • HPH4025 Disseminating Research (convenor)
  • HPH4006 Documents and Sources (contributor)
  • HPH4005 Themes and Issues (contributor)
  • MA dissertation supervision

MRes supervision

Catrin Wager, ‘Life at the Castle: The Pennant family and the Penrhyn Estate, a catalogue and introduction c.1760–1906’ (completed in 2013)

MPhil supervision

Current MPhil student (principal supervisor)

Einion W. Thomas ‘The Development of the Game Estates in north Wales in the latter half of the Nineteenth Century’

PhD supervision

Current PhD students

Siôn E. Jones, ‘The Welsh Tithe War: A Study in Agrarian Discontent’

Madihah Alfadhli, ‘The Networks of Kuwait Merchants, 1850-1946: Traders from the Gulf to India’

Dr Rees welcomes enquiries from those interested in researching aspects of the eighteenth or nineteenth century, including, but not limited to, studies of rural communities, protest movements, landownership, the country house and lives of the landed elite.

Current research

The East India Company and landed elite of Wales, c.1780–1840

This research focuses on instances of East India Company men who returned to or settled in Wales. It considers the way these men, labelled ‘nabobs’ by contemporaries, utilised their new found wealth by purchasing land, property, fashionable goods, and undertaking political, public and charitable duties.

Dr Rees was a member of the advisory board for the 3-year (2011–14) Leverhulme Trust funded research project ‘The East India Company at Home, 1757–1857’. The project analysed the British country house in a wider global and imperial context. Based in the Department of History at University College London, their website can be found at

The Rebecca Riots, 1839–43 

Dr Rees has published articles on the Rebecca Riots, specifically a case study of a female landowner who clashed with Rebecca, and a subsequent article published in the Agricultural History Review focusing more broadly on the way the landed gentry of south-west Wales were targeted by Rebecca and her Daughters.

Dr Rees has also contributed an article on the Rebecca Riots to the 2013 Western Mail ‘A New History of Wales’ series, ‘Objects in Welsh History’. She also contributed a short article on Rebecca to the Welsh language magazine Barn in 2011.

The Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE)

Dr Rees is a member of the ISWE steering group. ISWE seeks to create a hub for research, scholarly debate and the dissemination of information to the wider community. To date, research into Welsh landed estates has been somewhat neglected, but this is changing. Landed estates are important for the study of Welsh history, not only for their intrinsic social, economic and political significance, but also as potential prisms for investigating themes such as local governance, the structures of land use and ownership.

Bangor University is well-placed to host such a centre in Wales. It hosts an excellent collection of estate records within its Archives and has academic expertise in several Schools, particularly within those of the College of Arts and Humanities, providing an outstanding basis for research.

Further information about ISWE can be found at


  • Welsh Nabobs: Wales and the British East India Company, 1757-1857 (monograph in preparation)
  • ‘Welsh sojourners to India: the East India Company, networks and patronage, c.1760-1840’ (forthcoming article)
  • ‘Revisiting the open elite debate: social mobility in Wales during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century’ (forthcoming article)
  •  ‘“All but open rebellion”: rural protest and the land agent in south-west Wales during the Rebecca Riots’ (forthcoming essay in edited volume)
  • ‘“Poor deluded creatures?” Patriarchal perceptions of Welsh rural protest from the letters of Miss Jane Walters, 1843-4’ (forthcoming essay in edited volume)
  •  ‘Might and spite: the former Middleton Hall estate’ in H. V. Bowen (ed.), Buildings and Places in Welsh History: A New History of Wales (Llandysul, 2013).
  • ‘Paternalism and rural protest: the Rebecca riots and the landed interest of south-west Wales’, Agricultural History Review, lix, 1 (2011), pp. 36–60.
  • ‘”The Wail of Miss Jane”: the Rebecca Riots and Jane Walters of Glanmedeni, 1843–44’, Ceredigion, xv, 3 (2007), pp. 37–68.
  • ‘Religious beliefs and drinking habits at Middleton Hall, 1825–75’, Carmarthenshire Antiquarian, xlii (2006), pp. 56–68.
  • Articles in BBC History Magazine, Barn and the Western Mail A New History of Wales series 3 ‘Buildings and Places in Welsh History: Middleton Hall’ (4 April 2012), series 4 ‘Objects in Welsh History: The tollgate’ (7 May 2013) and series 5 ‘100 photographs in Welsh History: Paxton’s Tower, Singleton Abbey and David Davies’ (2 October 2014).
  • Book reviews for Reviews in HistoryWelsh History ReviewTransactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society, Ceredigion and Gwales.

Select conference and invited papers

  • International conference of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH), Harvard, Cambridge MA (July 2016)
  • ESRC funded workshop ‘Sojourners, Economic Migrants, Expats: Migrations in Global Perspective’, Northumbria University (June 2016)
  • ‘The Land Agent in transnational context’ workshop at Dundee University (October 2015)
  •  ‘The South Wales Squires’ ISWE day school at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (June 2015)
  • Yorkshire Country House Partnership seminar (February 2015)
  • Lecture for Y Fainc Sglodion society, Blaenau Ffestiniog (October 2014)
  • Welsh History Forum annual lecture at the National Eisteddfod, Llanelli (August 2014)
  • International conference of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH), Kingston ON, Canada (July 2014)
  • The East India Company at Home end of project conference, University College London (July 2014)
  • Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE) research seminar (March 2014)
  • Aberystwyth University organised conference ‘Consumption, 1650-1850’ at Gregynog Hall (February 2014)
  • Land and Power day school at Bangor University (July 2013)
  • Community, Cohesion and Social Stability: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Bangor University (September 2012)
  • Researching Welsh Family Archives c.1500–1850, Gloddaith Hall, Llandudno (August 2011)
  • International conference of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH), Bangor University (July 2012)
  • Inaugural Bangor Conference of Celtic Studies (July 2012)
  • Annual conference of the Social History Society, University of Manchester (April 2011)
  • Aberystwyth University History Research Seminar (November 2010)
  • Bangor University History Research Seminar (October 2010)
  • International conference of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH), Marymount University, Washington DC (July 2010)
  • Visiting Rites: Accessing the English Home, c.1650–1850, University of Northampton (September 2009)
  • Edward Lhuyd International Conference, Aberystwyth (June/July 2009)

Administrative duties within the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology

International Officer (2015-present)

Joint Honours Co-ordinator (2015-present)

Admissions Tutor (2012-2014)

Senior Tutor and Disability Tutor (2011–12)