‘Personal names and bynames in Late Medieval Scotland’

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On 9 May, 2017, the Centre welcomed Professor Stephen Boardman (University of Edinburgh) to discuss ‘Personal names and bynames in Late Medieval Scotland.’ In this lecture, Steve sought to discuss two areas of research: how Scottish aristocrats named their children at baptism between 1300 and 1500 AD, why descriptive and behavioral nicknames became attached to… Continue reading

‘Celtic Fantasy: A Round-Table Discussion’

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On 2 May, 2017, the Centre welcomed Robert Maslen, Geraldine Parsons, and Thomas Clancy (University of Glasgow) to host a Celtic Fantasy Round-Table Discussion. In this seminar, each of the lecturers had chosen an early medieval text to compare and contrast with a modern fantasy novel which had been based on medieval stories. Both the… Continue reading

‘Patriotic Propaganda during the Rough Wooing: The Complaynt of Scotland (1549)’

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On 28 March, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Roger Mason (University of St Andrews) to discuss ‘Patriotic Propaganda during the Rough Wooing: The Complaynt of Scotland (1549)’ for the Third Annual John Durkan Memorial Lecture. Roger spoke about John Durkan, who he said was particularly encouraging of young scholars, including himself after he… Continue reading

‘A bheil àite ann dha tùsan Gàidhlig ann an eachdraidh na Gàidhealtachd? (Is there a place for Gaelic sources in the history of the Gàidhealtachd?)’

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English summary below Air Dimàirt, an 14mh dhen Mhàrt, chuir Ionad Eòlas na h-Alba is na Ceiltis fàilte air an Dotair Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart, à Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd agus nan Eilean. Fhuair an Dotair Stiùbhart a’ chiad ceum aige ann an cuspairean clasaigeach aig Oilthigh Oxford agus tha PhD aige bho Roinn… Continue reading

‘Rethinking the archaeology of early medieval Iona: reassessment and recent work’

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On 7 March, 2017, the Centre, jointly with the First Millennia Studies Group, welcomed Prof Ewan Campbell and Dr. Adrián Maldonado (University of Glasgow) to discuss ‘Rethinking the archaeology of early medieval Iona: reassessment and recent work.’ The talk began with a segment of recently uncovered video footage of the 1938 restoration of Iona Abbey offered… Continue reading

‘James VI and I and the ‘dark corners’ of his kingdoms’

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On 28 February, 2017, the Centre welcomed Alison Cathcart (University of Strathclyde) to discuss ‘James VI and I and the ‘dark corners’ of his kingdoms’. Alison is a senior lecturer in History at the University of Strathclyde, who described herself as “a historian of the peripheries.” Below is this listener’s summary of the lecture.

‘Settlement-Names and Society: the medieval districts of Forsa and Moloros, Mull’

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On 21 February, 2017, the Centre welcomed Alasdair Whyte (University of Glasgow) to discuss ‘Settlement-Names and Society: the medieval districts of Forsa and Moloros, Mull.’ His talk focused on Old Norse and Gaelic place-names found in two medieval districts, Forsa and Moloros, on Mull, which he discusses more fully in his PhD thesis. Below is this… Continue reading

‘Crafting Christian Landscapes: Early Medieval Stone Sculpture in North-Western Europe’

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On 14 February 2017, the Centre welcomed Anouk Busset (University of Glasgow) to discuss ‘Crafting Christian Landscapes: Early Medieval Stone Sculpture in North-Western Europe’. In this seminar, she discussed several case studies from her PhD research, including two from Sweden, two from Ulster, and one from Strathmore. She related each site to the theme of movement… Continue reading

‘Còmhraidhean nan Cnoc. The Nineteenth Century Gaelic Prose Dialogue’ Book Launch

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On 31 January 2017, the Centre hosted a book launch for Dr. Sheila Kidd’s new book, ‘Còmhraidhean nan Cnoc. The Nineteenth Century Gaelic Prose Dialogue.’ A glowing review of the title, peppered with anecdotes from Sheila’s University days, was given by Dr. Sheila Kidd’s mentor, Professor Donald E. Meek. In addition to the refreshments provided, we… Continue reading

‘Robert Burns, Glasgow, Song’

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On 24 January, 2017, the Centre welcomed Dr. Gerard Carruthers (University of Glasgow) to discuss ‘Robert Burns, Glasgow, Song’. In this seminar, he described the historic context of several of Robert Burns’s poems and songs and how each related to the poet’s connections in Glasgow. Gerard was joined by Alison and Fiona McNeil of the band… Continue reading