- Professor of Scottish History (History)
- Director ArtsLab (Arts Lab)
- Office Hours: Tuesday 2pm - 3pm and Wednesday 11am - 12noon, or by appointment. Please send Professor Broun an e-mail to arrange.
- Research Day: Monday
Professor Broun's inaugural lecture, 12 November 2013:
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.
- Esmé Binoth, ‘Women, marriage and inheritance in Scotland, 12th and 13th centuries’.
- Eila Williamson, ‘Scottish benefices and clergy during the pontificate of Sixtus IV (1471-84): the evidence in the Registra Supplicationum’ (1998)
- Elsa Hamilton, ‘The acts of the earls of Dunbar relating to Scotland c.1124 - c.1289: a study of lordship in Scotland in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries’ (2003)
- Nicholas Evans, ‘The textual development of the principle Irish chronicles in the tenth and eleventh centuries’ (2003)
- Matthew Hammond, ‘A prosopographical analysis of society in east central Scotland with special reference to ethnicity, ca. 1100 – ca. 1260’ (2005)
- Nigel Webb, ‘Settlement and integration in Scotland 1124-1214: local society and the development of aristocratic communities with special reference to the Anglo-French settlement of the South East’ (with Prof. David Bates) (2005)
- Kimm Perkins-Curran, ‘Medieval religious women and their communities in Scotland’ (with Dr Marilyn Dunn) (2006)
- Murray Tod, ‘Medieval responses to national history: non-textual scribal activity in manuscripts of Fordun and Bower and their derivatives’ (2006)
- Eileen O’Sullivan, ‘The resolution of disputes and the origins Scottish common law, c.1115-1230’ (2007)
- Richard Marsden, ‘Cosmo Innes and the re-creation of medieval Scotland’ (with Prof. Colin Kidd)
- Mhairi-Claire Semple, ‘Social organisation in Scotland’s east midlands in the twelfth century, with special reference to ecclesiastical architecture’ (with Prof. Stephen Driscoll)
- Andrew Smith, ‘Kelso Abbey as a focus of social interactions in the 12th and 13th centuries’.
- Akihiro Takamori, ‘Authority and networks of major churches in the archdeaconry of Glasgow’.
- History Level 1C - The Independent Kingdom of Scotland 1100-1707: course convener
- Honours courses:
- The Picts and the Formation of Alba (with Steve Driscoll and Katherine Forsyth)
- The Founding of the Kingdom: Scotland in the 12th and 13th centuries.
- The Celtic Place-names of Scotland (with Thomas Clancy)
- The Northern Britons, 5-12thC (with Steve Driscoll)
- Early Medieval Gaeldom, 6-8th C (with Ewan Campbell)
- Kingship and Locality: Scotland in 14th and 15th C
- Honours Special subjects:
- The Founding of Scotland c.1120-c.1250
- History and National Identity in Medieval Scotland
- MLitt in Medieval Scottish Studies:
- 'Reading Original Documents' course.
- Critical Evaluations of Sources and Methods in Scottish Medieval Studies (‘Secondary Sources’ in semester 1, ‘Primary Sources’ in semester 2)
- A Critical Introduction to Medieval Scottish Historical Sources
- Specialist Course in Medieval Scottish Studies
- Charter reading classes for PhD students whose projects involve medieval Scottish charters
- Editor (pre-1600) of the Scottish Historical Review (since 2003)
- General editor (with Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Dr Huw Pryce) of the Studies in Celtic History monograph series, Boydell and Brewer (since 1997)
- Associate editor (for volumes 1-4), The New Edinburgh History of Scotland (EUP: gen. ed. Roger Mason).
- Convener of the Scottish History Society (since 2006)