Funded research projects
The Breaking of Britain is a collaborative project, funded by the AHRC, between the University of Glasgow, Lancaster University, the University of Edinburgh, and King’s College London (including the Department of Digital Humanities). The project is concerned with the period which extends from the failure of Alexander II’s short-lived revival of a Scoto-Northumbrian realm in 1216–17 to the formal abolition of cross-border landholding by Robert I in November 1314, following his victory at Bannockburn.
The project builds on the work of another project funded by the AHRC, The Paradox of Medieval Scotland (PoMS), and will extend the PoMS database to 1314. It will also be linked to a new database, recording interactions between the Crown and people in the three northern counties of England from 1216 to 1307. The project will also study border chronicles as a source both for medieval perceptions of identity and fields of medieval historical interest.
The Paradox of Medieval Scotland: social relationships and identities before the wars of independence (joint with King’s College, London)
AHRC Major Research Project grant of £629437 over 3 years. This project investigates how a recognisably modern Scottish identity was formed during the period 1093-1286. Through a comprehensive study of individuals, their social identities and relationships using the charters of this period, the project will seek to explain how the political and legal manifestations of Scotland as a single country and people emerged.
Digitising pre-1286 original Scottish charters
The Chancellor’s Fund, University of Glasgow, for digitisation of two archives (Holyrood and St Andrews) of charters surviving as contemporary single sheets (£2878.50). This is to support the ‘Reading Original Documents’ MLitt course and the charter workshops.
Digitising the Chronicle of Melrose
The Gargunnock Estate (to the Scottish History Society) (£5000); Scottish Inheritance Fund (£1200); Strathmartine Trust £1187: Digitisation of the manuscript of the Chronicle of Melrose, work on the disbound manuscript in the British Library, and production of DVD.