Book launch and talk: Scotland in Early Medieval Europe by Dr Alice Blackwell and Dr Ewan Campbell

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On the 5th of November the Centre held a book launch event, presented by Dr Alice Blackwell (National Museum of Scotland) and Dr Ewan Campbell (University of Glasgow, Archaeology). Dr Blackwell introduced their new edited volume Scotland in Early Medieval Europe. The book is free to read online, available in PDF and is print on… Continue reading

Personal Names and Naming Practices in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland with Dr Matthew Hammond

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Blog post author: Craig Conner On Tuesday 15th of October, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies gladly welcomed Dr Matthew Hammond, research associate at King’s College London and a leading expert on the development of Medieval Scotland from the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries. Dr Hammond’s research interests include Scottish charters and land-holding structures,… Continue reading

Simon Taylor ‘Trans Dorsum Brittaniae: 717-2017: A Walk across the Spine of Britain’

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On the 1st of October 2019 Dr Simon Taylor (best known for his pioneering work on the place-names of Fife and, most recently, Kinross-shire) continued the Centre’s unofficial mini-series of travel presentations by delivering a captivating talk on his 2017 expedition across the ‘Spine of Britain, from Dunkeld to Iona. Explaining that the idea for… Continue reading

Exploring the shore of the Gael by sailboat with Dr Stephen Harrison and Professor Stephen Driscoll

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This year’s seminar series began with a fascinating travel presentation about a two-week sailboat trip from Largs to Kerrara Island and back with an exploration of medieval archaeology on the islands in between. The talk was delivered by Dr Stephen Harrison and Professor Stephen Driscoll, lecturers in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. Before introducing… Continue reading

‘“Rhythms and Images and Legends are everywhere”: George Mackay Brown’s Orkney’ – Dr. Linden Bicket

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On the 14th of May 2019, the Centre had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Linden Bicket for the final seminar of this series, and thus aptly coming full circle by concluding on a topic dedicated to our theme: ‘Islands’. As the rays of the ever-hopeful Glaswegian sunshine glimmered through the windows on University Avenue, Prof… Continue reading

Professor Barry Lewis, ‘Narratives of early British Christianity in Jocelin’s Life of St Kentigern and other 12th-century texts’

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On the 30th of April 2019 the Centre was delighted to welcome Professor Barry Lewis from the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies, who spoke about the negotiation of Britishness in Jocelin’s Life of St. Kentigern (aptly, the patron saint of Glasgow). Prior to his time at DIAS, Professor Lewis worked at the Centre for Advanced… Continue reading

Comasan Labhairt ann an Gàidhlig: Developing a World-Class Resource for Gaelic Learning and Teaching

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On Tuesday 23rd April 2019, the Centre was very pleased to welcome our very own Dr Nicola Carty, who was eager to give us an update on Comasan Labhairt ann an Gàidhlig (CLAG): a project based in Celtic and Gaelic in collaboration with Gaelic Studies at the University of Aberdeen, which aims to develop a… Continue reading

Steve Murdoch – ‘Preparation and Propaganda: Building the Army of the Covenant, 1633-1639’

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Was the Covenanting rebellion of 1639-1640 a conspiracy? That was the question which Professor Steve Murdoch (University of St Andrews) set himself during his paper for the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies on Tuesday 9 March. The Centre eagerly welcomed Professor Murdoch, one of the most celebrated authorities on early modern Scotland and Europe,… Continue reading

Dalrymple lecture series 2018-2019: Professor Gavin Lucas on the Archaeology of Time

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Time is a fundamental concern for both archaeology and history. On the 18th of February, the annual Dalrymple Lectures welcomed Professor Gavin Lucas of University of Iceland who delivered a series of four evening lectures on the archaeology of time. He gave a comprehensive review of his scholarship on time which was as fascinating as… Continue reading