Workshops and Reading Groups

Chronicle Reading Group

(Meets monthly on Fridays)

The Chronicle Reading Group is primarily a post-graduate group although staff are welcome to attend. The group looks at a wide variety of textual and literary sources from the middle ages and past topics include Froissart as a historian, the supernatural in chronicles and Cartulary Chronicles as narrative and document. We are always keen to hear from current PG students to lead a session on their own research.


Andrew Gourlay –

Hanna Kilpi –

Charter Workshop Group

(Meets monthly on Wednesdays)

The Charter Workshop Group is an informal meeting for staff and students working on any aspect of medieval charter scholarship. Sessions will cover a variety of topics as presented and led by its members. The group is new this year and any suggestions for possible future topics will be welcome.


Hanna Kilpi –

Comann-rannsachaidh air Eachdraidh nan Gàidheal ann an Alba/ Discussion Group on the History of Gaelic Scotland

(Meets fortnightly on Tuesdays)

Established in September 2012, this group provides a forum for discussion for staff and postgraduates (PGR and PGT) who have an interest in the history of the Highlands of Scotland, better defined as Gaelic Scotland. ‘History’ is very much a catch-all, also encompassing language, literature, culture, nomenclature, archaeology, landscape, built heritage and material culture, etc. All time periods from the early medieval to the present are relevant. Subject areas currently represented are History, Celtic and Gaelic, Archaeology, and English Language and Literature. Discussion is usually prefaced by introductory remarks from one of those present, and based on pre-circulated texts, of three main types: papers (pre-publication or recently published) by present-day academics, whose authors will if possible join us and speak to their work; significant texts, both primary and secondary; and postgraduate work in progress.


Dr Martin MacGregor –

Onomastics Reading Group

(Meets fortnightly on Thursdays)

The Onomastics Reading Group discusses anything and everything relating to name studies. Previous sessions have included names in mediaeval charters, the names of omelettes and soup in recipe books, and names given to miscarried children. Presentations have been given by students and academics from several institutions on a wide range of subjects including Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba (Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland), the digitisation of the place-name series in Denmark, and personal naming patterns in Scotland; one meeting included sampling single malts in the name of onomastic research. Everyone with an interest in name studies is welcome to come along; tea and snacks are provided.


Alice Crook –

Alasdair Whyte –

Scottish Latin Reading Group

(Meets weekly on Wednesdays until March 26, 2014)

The Scottish Latin Reading Group is an informal, interdiscplinary meeting for staff and students with an interest in any aspect of Latin written in Scotland or by Scottish authors, or relating to Scotland. Texts are provided in translation, and in the past we’ve covered everything from the Declaration of Arbroath to an epic poem on the Battle of Bothwell Bridge. We also take requests, and if any member of staff or PG student is currently looking at a Scottish Latin text and would like to read through it in the group, or get advice on translation, we’d be delighted to help.


Dr Steven Reid –

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