Jessica Ayres

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University of York

Women in London’s Court of Orphans, 1660-1720

The EHS PhD Bursary provided much-needed funds in the final year of my doctoral studies and allowed me to prepare my thesis for submission. My thesis, Women in London’s Court of Orphans, 1660-1720 explores the administrative and financial roles of women in the early modern Court of Orphans and argues that their roles as guardians, recognitors and financial managers was key to the day-to-day running of the Court. As a self-funded doctoral student, this bursary allowed me to part-fund my final year and write the final chapters of my thesis. My thanks go the Economic History Society for the award.