Professor Dauvit Broun
- Professor of Scottish History (History)
- Deputy Head of College / Director ArtsLab (Arts Lab)
My research focuses on medieval Scottish history, with a particular interest in developing approaches to non-literary sources that allows them to be used to investigate society and identity in new ways by
- placing technical methodologies, such as textual criticism, palaeography, codicology, diplomatic, and place-names centre stage as ways of engaging with fundamental historical issues, such as the of origins of ‘national’ identities, the emergence of government, and our understanding of statehood;
- taking a leading role in the development of digital research tools as a means of increasing the potential of engaging with sources as a way of generating fresh perspectives and questions (in particular People of Medieval Scotland 1093-1371 and Models of Authority: Scottish Charters and the Emergence of Government, 1100-1250).
- engaging with other disciplines, such as archaeology, literature, linguistics, manuscript studies, digital humanities and ‘continental’ philosophy through the medium of history.
My research is also ‘teaching-led’, and seeks to facilitate the accessibility and practice of history as a discipline across all levels of education and expertise.
Funded research projects
2018–2019: Co-I of RSE Research Workshop:
‘Researching and curating active manuscripts: Scotland’s medieval cartularies’ (PI Dr Joanna Tucker, University of Glasgow)
With Dr Joanna Tucker (University of Glasgow) as Principal Investigator
Core participants: Dr Alan Borthwick (NRS) Ines Byrne (NLS) Hazel De Vere (NRS) Dr Kenneth Dunn (NLS) Dr Ulrike Hogg (NLS) Isobel Griffin (NLS) Prof. Andrew Prescott (University of Glasgow) Linda Ramsay (NRS) Dr Alison Rosie (NRAS)
12 months, £7,500
2017–20: Co-I of AHRC Research Project:
‘The Community of the Realm in Scotland, 1249–1424: history, law and charters in a recreated kingdom’
With Dr Alice Taylor (King’s College London) as PI and Professor Stephen Boardman (University of Edinburgh) as fellow Co-Investigator.
3 years, £812,959
2013–17: PI of AHRC Research Project:
‘Models of Authority: Scottish charters and the emergence of government, 1100–1250’
Co-Investigators: Dr Peter Stokes (Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London), Dr Alice Taylor (Department of History, King’s College London), Dr Teresa Webber (University of Cambridge)
Research Associates: Dr Stewart Brookes, Dr John Reuben Davies. Developer: Geoffroy Nöel.
3 years 6 months, £776,484
2013–16: PI of Leverhulme Research Project:
‘The Transformation of Gaelic Scotland in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries’
Co-Investigator: Mr John Bradley (Department of Digital Humanities, KCL)
Lead Researcher: Dr Matthew Hammond. Research Associate: Dr Cornell Jackson. Developer: Neil Jackson.
3 years 5 months, £240,327
2013–14: PI of AHRC Follow-On Project:
‘School curriculum reform and the Scottish War of Independence: a collaboration between Education Scotland and the University of Glasgow’
Project Partner: Lynne Robertson (Education Scotland)
Lead Project Officer: Joanna Tucker. Research Associate: Dr John Reuben Davies.
8 months, £73,941
2010–13: PI of AHRC Research Project:
‘The Breaking of Britain: cross-border society and Scottish independence, 1216–1314’
Co-Investigators: Mr John Bradley (Centre for Computing in the Humanities, KCL), Professor David Carpenter (King’s College London), Professor Keith Stringer (Lancaster University)
Research Associates: Dr Sophie Ambler, Dr Amanda Beam, Dr John Reuben Davies, Dr Beth Hartland. Developer: Michele Pasin.
3 years, £841,980
2007–10: PI of AHRC Research Project:
‘The Paradox of Medieval Scotland: Social Relationships and Identities before the Wars of Independence’
Co-Investigators: Mr John Bradley (Centre for Computing in the Humanities, KCL), Professor David Carpenter (King’s College London), Dr Matthew Hammond (University of Edinburgh), Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh (University of Glasgow)
Research Associates: Dr Amanda Beam, Dr John Reuben Davies. Developer: Michele Pasin.
3 years, £629,437
I am happy to supervise PhD projects on medieval Scottish history, especially involving charters, chronicles, medieval history writing, manuscript studies, medieval regnal/national identity, People of Medieval Scotland database, the Models of Authority database
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’ (2005)
Kimm Perkins-Curran, ‘Medieval religious women and their communities in Scotland’ (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)
Akihiro Takamori, ‘Regnal consolidation and regional networks: charters and religious benefactions in the diocese of Glasgow, ca 1120 to 1270’ (2009)
Mhairi-Claire Semple, ‘The archaeology of Scotland’s early Romanesque churches: the towers of Alba’ (2009)
Richard Marsden, ‘Cosmo Innes and the re-creation of medieval Scotland’ (2010)
Andrew Smith, ‘Kelso Abbey cartulary: context and forgery’ (2011)
Catriona Gray, ‘The diocese of Brechin in the central Middle Ages’ (2014)
Joyce Steele, ‘Mapping early medieval Scottish society: a new approach’ (2014).
William Hepburn, ‘The court of James IV’ (2014).
Joanna Tucker, ‘A new approach to cartularies: understanding manuscript growth in AUL SCA MS JB1/3 and Caprington Castle, Lindores Cartulary’ (2017)
Pre-honours: the medieval section of History 1A
Honours modules: a range of course on medieval Scotland co-taught with members of staff from Archaeology and/or Celtic & Gaelic
Special Subject: The Transformation of Scotland in the Twelfth and thirteenth Centuries
MLitt: Specialist Courses in Medieval Scottish Studies; other courses on medieval Scotland associated with the co-taught modules with members of staff from Archaeology and/or Celtic & Gaelic
I was co-editor (1991–1995) and then editor (1995–1999) of The Innes Review, and editor (pre-1600) of the Scottish Historical Review (2003–2009). I am a general editor (with Prof. Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Prof. Huw Pryce) of the Studies in Celtic History monograph series, Boydell and Brewer (since 1997), and associate editor (for volumes 1, 2 and 4) of The New Edinburgh History of Scotland (EUP: gen. ed. Roger Mason). I am Convenor of the Council of the Scottish History Society (since 2006).
I was Principal Investigator of the AHRC projects 'The Paradox of Medieval Scotland, 1093–1286' (2007–10, with KCL and the University of Edinburgh), ‘The Breaking of Britain: cross-border society and Scottish independence 1216-1314’ (2010–13, with KCL and the University of Lancaster), ‘School curricular reform and the Scottish War of Independence’ (2013–14, with Education Scotland), and the Leverhulme Trust project ‘The Transformation of Gaelic Scotland in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries (2013–16, with KCL). A major outcome of these projects is The People of Medieval Scotland analytical database (www.poms.ac.uk). Also PI of the AHRC ‘Models of Authority: Scottish charters and the emergence of government, 1100–1250’ (2014–17, with KCL and the University of Cambridge) (www.modelsofauthority.ac.uk).
I was a participant and contributor to the British Academy collaborative project between the University of Glasgow and the University of Calcutta (Principal Investigator: Dr John Reuben Davies): Copper, Parchment, and Stone: Studies in the sources for landholding and lordship in early medieval Bengal and medieval Scotland (2014–15).