Miriam Bibby

University of Glasgow Dumfries Campus, Crichton University Campus, Rutherford/McCowan Building, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4ZL, Scotland 

email: m.bibby.1@research.gla.ac.uk



Research title: Invisible Ancestor: aspects of the Galloway horse and its genetic legacy.

Research Summary

My main interest is in the history and archaeology of the horse-human relationship. I gained my first degree in archaeology and geography before achieving my MPhil in Egyptology on the topic of the horse in ancient Egypt. I am now fulfilling a long-standing ambition to research the little-known Galloway horse. 

The Galloway was was once one of the most highly valued horses in Britain and its reputation was well-known in Europe and beyond.  Galloway is still used as a generic term for a horse in the north of England and in Australia. Horses, possibly from Galloway, were exported in early modern times to the famous stud at Mantua under the description "Scottish runners" and the Galloway made a major contribution to the development of the Thoroughbred. I am exploring the reasons why the Galloway came to disappear from general consciousness and what the name still means to those who use it today.



2017 Bursary for Leeds IMC

2019 GRATA award for Leeds IMC


2001 Birkbeck College, London. Day School: Striking an attitude:Inter-personal relationships in ancient Egypt and Nubia. 

2001 University of Birmingham. Third Symposium for Current Research in Egyptology.  Paper presented: The arrival of the horse in Egypt: new approaches and a hypothesis.

2006 The Egypt Centre, Swansea University. Conference: 'The Exploited and the Adored': Animals in Ancient Egypt. Paper presented: ‘They shall henceforth be fed in my presence': Horse care, training and management in ancient Egypt.

2017 Leeds International Medieval Congress (IMC). Paper presented: The (Galloway) Horse and His Boy: Le Roman des Aventures de Fregus and the 'Best Breed in the North?' 

2019 Leeds International Medieval Congress (IMC). Paper presented: Alexander's Arabian: Noble Steed or Fantastic Beast? 

2020 Latvian Academy of Sport Education  Online Conference: Historical Practices in Horsemanship and Equestrian Sports. Paper presented: No contest: the King as Charioteer in ancient Egypt.

2020 Horse History Virtual Seminar on Equestrian Superstitions and Folklore. Paper presented:Kelpies, Dunnies and Brags: Mischievous sprites of the north and their otherwordly companions.