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Officers & Trustees:
Professor Rhiannon Purdie, University of St Andrews
|Research interests: Later medieval literature of Scotland and England, particularly chronicle and romance; scholarly editing. Editorial Secretary of the Scottish Text Society.
Dr Alan MacDonald, University of Dundee
|Research interests: 16th and 17th centuries; agriculture and the environment; parliament and government; the church.
Dr Miles Kerr-Peterson
|Research interests: noble power and culture in James VI’s Scotland.
Chair, Friends of the Wembdon Road Cemetery. Co-Editor, Bridgwater Heritage Group.
|Dr Morvern French, Historic Environment Scotland
|Research interests: late medieval and 16th century Scotland, built heritage, especially castles, material culture, and women’s history.
|Mark Hall, Perth Museum & Art Gallery
|Collections Officer Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Culture Perth & Kinross. Special interest in the whole range of early medieval sculpture but especially on early medieval sculpture in Scotland (primarily ‘Pictish’).
|Professor Hector MacQueen, Edinburgh Law School
|My research interest list is history of medieval Scots law in its British, Irish and Continental European contexts; legal consciousness in medieval society; and more modern law and its history, especially contract and intellectual property law.
|Dr Joanna Tucker, University of Glasgow
|Research interests: 12th- and 13th-century Scotland; charters and cartularies; codicology and palaeography; digital humanities; textual editing.
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|Hugh Andrew, Managing Director Birlinn Ltd.
|Main interest: Early medieval Scottish and European history.
|Dr Alison Cathcart, University of Stirling
|Sixteenth and seventeenth century Scotland and Ireland, especially the west Highlands and Isles; ‘peripheral’ and insular communities of the wider archipelago with a focus on resource management; I quite like cattle, fish, and boats.
|Professor Margaret Connolly, University of St Andrews
|Research Interests: Later medieval literature of Scotland and England; manuscript production in late medieval Scotland; early modern Scottish notaries; Sccottish book collectors; manuscript fragments; scholarly editing, palaeography, codicology.
|Dr Bryony Coombs, University of Edinburgh
|Research Interests: Visual culture in late-medieval and early-modern Scotland. Cultural interchange between Scotland and Europe, with a particular focus on the Auld Alliance. Illuminated manuscripts and Scottish patrons. Currently writing Visual Arts and the Auld Alliance: Scotland, France and National Identity c.1420-1550 for EUP.
|Dr Lucinda H.S. Dean (Lucy), University of the Highlands and Islands
|Research interests cover a range of themes and methodological approaches to late medieval and early modern Scottish history including ritual, liturgy, ceremony, kingship and monarchy, material culture, gender (particularly masculinity), the life cycle (with a keen interest in youth and old age), death and funerary practices, Perth Charterhouse before and after the Reformation, lay piety and patronage (especially impact of the loss of religious foundations after the Reformation), theories around memory and community in association with space and place, and public history (with keen interest in exploring the value and potential of collaboration and co-design of research).
|Dr Piers Dixon, University of Stirling
|Research interests: I am interested in all aspects of the archaeology of medieval rural settlement in Scotland and northern England, ranging from castles to shielings and from hunting sites to urban settlements.
|Dr Simon Egan, Queen’s University Belfast
|Research Interests: Irish-Scottish relations c.1072-c.1603; lordship and society in Ireland and Scotland; bardic poetry. I am especially interested in exploring how events within the western section of the archipelago shaped the affairs and ambitions of the English and Scottish governments across this period.
|Joseph James Ellis, University of York
|My doctoral research focuses on the royal progresses of James VI & I in England and Scotland. Outside of this, my research activity ranges widely across the early modern period, but particularly the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Georgian courts. I am especially fascinated by political culture/cultural politics, gender and sexuality.
|Dr Iain Flett
|Research interests: Continuing interest in Dundee during the Reformation; presently editing the First Court Book of Kirkcaldy 1567 (Notarial book of Alexander Cok) for Fife Archives. Friends of Dundee City Archives & Tay Valley Family History Society.
|Dr Simon Gilmour, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
|Research interests: Later prehistoric and Early Medieval Scotland and Europe, particularly the Atlantic façade. Antiquarian collecting.
|Emily Hay, University of Glasgow
|Research interests: medieval and early modern women, Mary Queen of Scots, Reformation literary culture, Scottish and European literary continuities. My current doctoral research explores the presentation and self-presentation of Mary Queen of Scots in poetry and correspondence (1567-1587).
|Rosalie D. Hopko, University of Aberdeen
|My research interests include: Interpersonal violence and death in late medieval Scotland, skeletal trauma, osteoarchaeology, and interdisciplinary research. I enjoy a broad spectrum of fields relating to history, archaeology, and anthropology. I also enjoy working with museum, heritage, and nonprofit organizations.
|Dr Kelly Kilpatrick, University of Glasgow & Cambridge
|Research interests: Iron Age and Early Medieval Scotland, with a particular focus on Pictish and early Gaelic sacred landscapes and visual culture; early Scottish and northern English epigraphy; medieval Insular place-names and ecclesiastical history; ancient and medieval Celtic religion and mythology; aerial and satellite archaeology.
|Hannah Mac Auliffe, Trinity College, Dublin
|My research interests include early Irish and Scottish kingship and succession practices, particularly the phenomenon of alternate succession; the kingdom of the Dál Riata and their relationship with Iona; power dynamics amongst and between early Irish and Scottish dynastic groups.
|Kate McGregor, University of St Andrews
|Research interests: medieval and early modern Scotland and Europe, diplomatic exchanges, Scottish Renaissance culture and notaries in late medieval St Andrews. My current doctoral research examines foreign policy and diplomacy during the adult rule of James V, King of Scots (1528-1542).
|Dr Neil McGuigan, University of St Andrews
|Research interests: 8th to 13th centuries, political, ecclesiastical & economic history, historical writing, political mythology, regional history, inequality, the subaltern, disiecta membra. Also, the ‘earldom of Bamburgh’ and Northumbrian matters.
|Dr Iain A. MacInnes, University of the Highlands and Islands
|Research interests: the Scottish Wars of Independence, particularly the Second Scottish War of Independence, medieval military history, war and chivalry, medieval treason, battlefield injury, impact of war, medievalism and the modern depiction of the medieval, particularly in comics.
|Cameron Maclean, University of Glasgow
|Research Interests: Scottish, English and British coinage. My ongoing PhD focuses on the early decades of the Anglo-Scottish monetary union (1604-1707).
|Dr Catherine McMillan
|Research interests: lived religion in Reformation-era Scotland, particularly the North East; Scottish and English charitable giving in support of European causes of religion, 1560–1712; and African presence in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Scotland.
|Donald Neil Macpherson, University of Aberdeen
|I am researching the nature and practices of Scottish diplomacy in the Fifteenth Century, with a particular emphasis on who the diplomats were, how they were selected, trained, funded and travelled. An additional dimension is to examine whether there were changes in the backgrounds of fifteenth-century Scottish diplomats throughout the century and if any such changes altered the practices of the kingdom’s diplomats.
|Joshua MacRae, University of Edinburgh
|Research interests: political communication and culture in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Scotland; legitimation of authority through rhetoric and seals; expressions and motivations of personal and public piety; political, religious and intellectual networks reaching Scotland during a Global Middle Ages.
|Professor Cynthia J Neville, Dalhousie University
|Research interests: legal, political and social history of Scotland, 11th-15th centuries; medieval charters and seals and their owners; royal pardon; the laws of the Anglo-Scottish marches in the later medieval period and the legal treatises relating to then.
|Peter Randall, University of the Highlands and Islands
|Research Interests: Assembly sites in Scandinavia and the British Isles during the Early and Central Middle Ages, Old Norse kings’ sagas, Norse-Gaelic cultural contact in the Kingdom of Mann and the Isles, and state formation in medieval Sweden.
|Dr Jamie Reid-Baxter
|Research interests: music, poetry, sermons and ecclesiastical affairs in their socio-historical context. Key-names in my research include Rober Carver, John Angus, Elizabeth Melville, Mr Robert Bruce, Robert Rollock, Mr James Melville, Esther Inglis. Active not only in research into but also live public performance of Older Scottish culture.
|Dr Gordon M Reynolds
|Research interests: 11th-14th century crusading culture in Scotland and the British isles more broadly, with a particular focus on the evidence of charters and cartularies.
|Elizabeth Ann Roads, Snawdoun Herald
|My interests and research areas are in all aspects of the development of heraldry, particularly Scottish heraldry, and the rise and changing role of the Scottish herald from the 14th century.
|Dr Nicola Royan, University of Nottingham
|Research interests: Older Scots and Scottish Latin literature from late 14th to early 17th C, with particular foci on humanism, historiography and national identity. President of the Scottish Text Society.
|Norman F. Shead, University of Glasgow
|Research interests: charters and chronicles; Scottish Episcopal Acta; currently working on the medieval diocese of Glasgow.
|Charlie Spragg, University of Edinburgh
|My principal research interest is the life of King James VI & I, particularly his relationship with visual and material culture.
|Dr Katherine H. Terrell, Hamilton College
|Research interests: late medieval Scottish and English historiography and literature, including court poetry, romance, women’s writing, the medieval nation, and discourses of alterity.
|Dr Andrea Thomas
|Research Interests: The late-medieval and early-modern Scottish royal court and Scottish cultural developments. Trustee of the Cranston Library, Reigate, Surrey.
|Emma Trivett, University of the Highlands and Islands
|I’m interested in kingship and queenship in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Scotland, with a particular focus on gender and royal (in)fertility.
|Dr Emily Joan Ward, University of Edinburgh
|Research interests: Scotland and Europe, 11th to 13th centuries; childhood, adolescence and the life cycle; child kings, queenship and guardianship; comparative political, social and cultural history; charters and documentary culture; historical writing.
|Dr Callum Watson
|Research interests: war, politics, and society in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Scotland, chivalry and knighthood, heritage and public engagement.
|Dr Alasdair C. Whyte, University of Glasgow
|Research interests: primarily place-names as an historical resource for settlement and society across the medieval period.
|Dr Emily Wingfield, University of Birmingham
|Research Interests: Older Scots literary culture, esp. of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, book history, romance, Scotland’s royal women, the writings of Mary Queen of Scots.