Dr John Davies
- Research Fellow (History)
- Ecclesiastical history of Great Britain in the middle ages
- Medieval Chronicles
- The Lives of the Saints
- Medieval Prosopography
- Digital Humanities
- History of Medieval Wales
- History of Medieval Scotland
- Scottish Wars of Independence
- History of Liturgy
- Global Middle Ages
- Comparative History
I am the principal investigator for a project funded in 2017 by the Global Challenges Reseach Fund through the Scottish Funding Council: 'Preserving and promoting the historical cultural heritage of rural communities in Bengal'. Collaborators include the University of Calcutta, the University of Delhi, Jahangirnagar University (Dhaka), the Indian Museum (Kolkata, under the Government of India), and the West Bengal State Archaeology Museum (Behala, under the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums).
In 2014/15 I led a research collaboration between the University of Glasgow and the University of Calcutta, 'Land-holding and the recording of property transfer: the comparative experience of medieval Scotland and early medieval Bengal'. The project was awarded a grant by the British Academy under its International Partnership Mobility Scheme.
John Davies read Theology at the University of Durham, where he focused on Church History and Liturgy. After gaining his PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge, he held a research post in the Department of Welsh at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2004 he joined the Department of Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh, and became part of the Scottish History team at the University of Glasgow in 2008. His main interests include the ecclesiastical history of Britain down to the thirteenth century, with a special interest in ecclesiastical organisation, the cult of saints, hagiography, and liturgy. His current and most recent work is on the diplomatic and palaeography of medieval charters; medieval chronicles; the application of digital technology to the study of medieval history; and the study of medieval liturgy in nineteenth-century Scotland. With Dauvit Broun and Joanna Tucker, John helped to develop new teaching materials on the Scottish Wars of Independence for Scottish schools. Since April 2014, he has been working on a project funded by a major AHRC grant, 'Models of Authority: Scottish charters and the emergence of government, 1100–1250'; he is also the consultant on another major AHRC project, based in Cambridge and Aberystwyth: 'Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae: The Latin Lives of Welsh Saints'.
In addition to scholarship relating to the Insular middle ages, John also works on cross-cultural comparative history, and is collaborating with historians in India on early medieval records of property-transfer from Bengal; he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2016.
John's interest in Indian history, and close working partnership with the University of Calcutta, has led to ventures concerned with the management of Indian cultural heritage. In 2017 he was awarded a grant by the Scottish Funding Council under the Department for International Development's Global Challenges Research Fund, to lead a workshop in Kolkata on the preservation and promotion of the historical cultural heritage of Bengal (including Bangladesh). In addition to colleagues from Glasgow, participants came from the University of Calcutta, University of Delhi, Jahangirnagar University (Bangladesh), the Indian Museum, and the West Bengal State Archaeology Muesum. In May 2017 he will be taking part in an AHRC/ICHR workshop in New Delhi on ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’.
Since 2012 John has been editor of The Innes Review: The Journal of Scottish Catholic History and sits on the council of the Scottish Catholic Historical Association. Since 2015 he has been a council member of the Scottish History Society (the leading publisher of original sources relating to the history of Scotland).
Outside the University, John is Convener of the Liturgy Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church as well as of the Development Team for Worship and Liturgy in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway; he is a member of the Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain; he sits on the Faith and Order Board of the Scottish Episcopal Church and is part of the Anglican Four Nations Faith and Order Consultation.