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End-of-project conference: 16 July 2010: New Perspectives on Scotland before the Wars of Independence

The end-of-project conference took place on Friday 16 July 2010 at the University of Glasgow. It included a demonstration and explanation of the project's database, and a range of 20-minute papers from members of the project team and invited scholars on the main themes of the project :

9.00-9.30 - Registration
9.30-9.40 - Opening by Bailie Catherine McMaster, Glasgow City Council
9.40-10.50 - Session 1: Culture and Identity
Stuart Campbell (Treasure Trove Unit): 'The language of objects: material culture in medieval Scotland'
Emilia Jamroziak (University of Leeds): 'Cistercian identities in the 12th and 13th- century Scotland'
11.15-1.00 - Session 2: Lordship and Society
Alice Taylor (King's College, Cambridge): 'Lords and Men in Scotland: Anglo-Norman Feudalism revisited'
Cynthia Neville (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia): 'Kinsmen, neighbours and local communities in medieval Scotland, 1200-1350'
Keith Stringer (University of Lancaster): 'The Scottish “political community” in the reign of Alexander II, 1214–1249'
Lunch (provided on site)
2.00-3.45 - Session 3: Personal names and surnames
Fiona Edmonds (University of Cambridge): 'Celtic personal names south of the Forth-Clyde line'
Matthew Hammond (University of Edinburgh): 'The adoption of surnames in twelfth- and thirteenth-century Scotland'
Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh (University of Glasgow): 'Scottish Gaelic personal names'
4.05-5.15 - Session 4: Database for Scotland 1093-1286
John Bradley and Michele Pasin (King's College, London): 'Structuring that which cannot be structured: The role of formal models to represent aspects of Medieval Scotland'
Amanda Beam and John Reuben Davies (University of Glasgow): Launch of new database
5.15-5.30 - Close by Professor Richard Sharpe, University of Oxford

Launch of PoMS web-resource

The launch of the PoMS web resource by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, took place on 8 September 2009.


Academic papers and conferences

English Language Research Seminar

On 26 November 2009 Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh gave a paper to the Research Seminar of the Department of English Language, University of Glasgow, on 'The Transmission of Gaelic Names in Non-Gaelic Medieval Sources: A Royal Genealogy of William I (1165-1214) and Implications for Gaelic Literacy in Eastern Scotland'.

Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies Seminar

On 6 October 2009 Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh gave a paper to the Research Seminar of the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow, on the transmission of Gaelic names in Ralph de Diceto's recension of the Genealogy of the King of Scots.

Edinburgh symposium, September 2009

A symposium was held on 8 September 2009 in Edinburgh. There were three 20-minute papers. Dauvit Broun talked about the challenge of editing the genealogy of the king of Scots in Ralph de Diceto's Ymagines Historiarum. This was followed by Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh talking about the orthography of the text of the genealogy compared with the Gaelic notes in the Book of Deer (and other comparanda). There was then a discussion paper by David Carpenter on a minimalist view of Scottish common law and royal government in the thirteenth century.

International Medieval Congress July 2009

The project joined with the Fine Rolls of Henry III AHRC-funded project to organise two sessions of papers at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds on Tuesday 14 July 2009 on the theme: 'From Politics to Prosopography:Britain in the 12th and 13th Centuries'. The first session consisted of three papers on the project:

The second session focused on 'Approaches to Presenting Medieval Document in the Digital Age', and included two papers on the project:

  • Amanda Beam, 'An Introduction to the Paradox of Medieval Scotland Database', and
  • Michele Pasin, 'Getting the Database to Talk History: New Designs in the Paradox of Medieval Scotland'.

Members of the project team were also participants in two sessions organised by the AHRC-funded project on the Expansion and Contraction of Gaelic in Medieval Scotland on the theme of 'Names and Networks in Northern Britain' on Wednesday 15 July. In the first session, on Personal Names and Multiple Cultures in Northern Britain, 1093-1286, moderated by Matthew Hammond, Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh gave a paper on the representation of Gaelic names in a Latin context. The second session, 'Gaelic names and Language Change in Medieval Scotland', was moderated by Dauvit Broun.

Members of the project team were also moderating sessions on 'Property and Law in Medieval England' (David Carpenter) on Tuesday 14 July, and 'Marches and Marchers: Land, Law and Lordship' (Dauvit Broun) on Thursday 16 July 2009.

Seminar Series on four technical aspects of Charter Studies

Archival issues Tuesday 28 April 2009: Andrew Smith (History, Glasgow), The cartulary of Kelso abbey as an historical source
Diplomatic Tuesday 19 May 2009: Alice Taylor (King's College, Cambridge), 'Warrandice and royal lordship', John Reuben Davies (History, Glasgow), 'Implied warrandice in Scottish royal charters'
Palaeography Tuesday 2 June 2009: Dauvit Broun (History, Glasgow), Barrow's Scribe D12 and the use of current/cursive writing
Sigillography Thursday 11 June 2009: Hugh Doherty (Jesus College, Oxford), Twelfth-century laymen and their seals

Seminar on Dispositive Language in Charters

On 13 February 2009 Prof. Richard Sharpe, Professor of Diplomatic at the University of Oxford, gave a seminar paper at the University of Glasgow on dispositive language in Anglo-Norman charters in a workshop specially organised by the Paradox of Medieval Scotland project. (For the project's thinking on this issue see the three Features of the Month by John Reuben Davies on 'Giving', 'Granting' and 'Confirming', July, September and October 2009.)

Presentations about PoMS in Conferences

October 2008: Colloquium on Arabic Prosopography, King's College London: John Reuben Davies gave a presentation on 'The Paradox of Medieval Scotland'.
March 2009: Society of Name Studies of Britain and Ireland, Annual Conference, Falmouth: John Reuben Davies gave a presentation on the significance of 'The Paradox of Medieval Scotland' database for name studies.
July 2009: The Norman Edge, day conference at the University of Lancaster: John Reuben Davies gave a paper on 'Giving, Granting, and Warranty in Scottish Charters'.
September 2009: Good Practice in Scottish History Conference, Learning and Teaching Scotland and HMIe Scotland. Dauvit Broun and Amanda Beam gave a demonstration of the database and a conducted workshops with teachers and other education professionals
October 2009: Annual Conference of the Scottish Place-Names Society: Dauvit Broun and Amanda Beam gave a demonstration of the database and a presentation on its significance for place-name studies
January 2008: Conference of Scottish Medievalists: Dauvit Broun gave a paper explaining the research question and methods of the 'Paradox of Medieval Scotland'. Pitlochry