The Anderson-Dunlop Fund

Available to Members of the Scottish Medievalists Only. The Anderson-Dunlop Fund exists in order to support research projects being undertaken by members of the Society for Scottish Medieval and Renaissance Studies, initiated by, or which are relevant to the interests of, the Society. Grants (no more than £500) will provide a contribution towards expenses incurred in the course of research, which are not readily recoverable from other sources.

Enquiries regarding support from the Anderson-Dunlop Fund, comprising a brief statement of the project and the use to which the award would be made, should be sent to the secretary of the Medievalists: use the contact form on this website.  There are no application deadlines. It is a condition of any grant that you acknowledge support from this Fund. Please note that funds are not usually made available for conference attendance or publishers’ subventions.

The Anderson-Dunlop Fund is the Scottish Medievalists’ oldest research grant, named in honour of Annie Dunlop and Marjorie Anderson.

Annie Dunlop (10 May 1897 – 23 March 1973)

Annie Isabella Cameron was born to Mary Sinclair and James Cameron. She gained an MA in history from the University of Glasgow and a PhD on Bishop James Kennedy of St Andrews from the University of Edinburgh, the latter later published as a monograph (1950). The University of St Andrews awarded her a DLitt for her work on The Apostolic Camera and Scottish Benefices (1934). She spent considerable periods abroad, principally at the Vatican Archives, and attained a diploma from the Vatican School of Palaeography. Her work on the calendars of Scottish supplications to Rome in the fifteenth century (1934, 1956, 1970) was the result of the examination of some seven hundred volumes. She worked at the Scottish Record Office, editing the Calendar the of State Papers relating to Scotland and Mary, Queen of Scots (1936), until in 1938 she married George Dunlop, proprietor of the Kilmarnock Standard. Although WWII suspended her studies in Italy, she was awarded an OBE in 1942. In 1947 she returned to Rome and, having spent much of her distinguished career there, in 1972 Pope Paul VI awarded her the papal Benemerenti medal.


Ian B. Cowan, ‘Annie I. Dunlop, 1897-1973: a memoir’, in Charles Burns (ed.), Calendar of Papal Letters to Scotland of Clement VII of Avignon, 1378-1394 (Edinburgh, 1976), pp. ix-xviii; Kenneth Roy (ed.), Dictionary of Scottish Biography, vol. 1: 1971-75 (Irvine, 1999), pp. 45-7; Elizabeth Ewan, ‘Dunlop, Annie Isabella’, in Elizabeth Ewan, Rose Pipes, Jane Rendall and Siân Reynolds (eds), The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (Edinburgh, 2018), p. 127.

Marjorie Anderson (9 February 1909 – 27 May 2002)

Marjorie Ogilvie Cunningham was the daughter of Eveline Sandeman and James Cunningham, a jute manufacturer. After studying English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, she attended palaeography classes given by the Scottish medievalist Alan Orr Anderson, whom she married in 1932. Together they edited the Chronicle of Melrose (1936) and Adomnán’s Life of Columba (1961), while individually she published works including the Chronicle of Holyrood (1938) and Kings and Kingship in Early Scotland (1973). She also researched the early ecclesiastical history of her native St Andrews. Kings and Kingship, described in the New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (2018) as ‘a pioneering work in textual archaeology’, analysed and contextualised the king lists of Dál Riata, Pictland, and Alba, and included the first fully annotated edition of the Scottish pieces from the Poppleton Manuscript. In 1973 the University of St Andrews awarded her an honorary DLitt. Anderson’s translations and editions of primary sources, utilising skills in Old and Middle Irish as well as Latin, made significant early and high medieval documentary evidence available to scholars of medieval Scotland.


D. E. R. Watt, ‘Dr Marjorie Ogilvy Anderson: A tribute’, and Simon Taylor, ‘Introduction’, in Simon Taylor (ed.), Kings, Clerics and Chronicles in Scotland, 500-1297 (Dublin, 2000), pp. 9-17; Simon Taylor, ‘Anderson, Marjorie Ogilvie, n. Cunningham’ in Elizabeth Ewan, Rose Pipes, Jane Rendall and Siân Reynolds (eds), The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (Edinburgh, 2018), p. 14.

Morvern French, May 2022