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
- Medieval Scottish Law
I was 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.
'Music, Knowledge, Faith and Reform in the Thought and Practice of Robert Grosseteste and J. S. Bach' (PhD)
'Exploring Scottish Episcopal liturgy in relation to a God more than He' (MTh)
Professional activities & recognition
- 2012: Innes Review
- 2015 - 2019: Scottish History Society
Professional & learned societies
- 2012: Officer and Trustee, Scottish Catholic Historical Association
- 2016: Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland
- 2016: Member, Society for Liturgical Study
- 2016: Member, Henry Bradshaw Society
- 2019: Member, Stair Society
Selected international presentations
- 2017: Public Lecture (The Indian Museum, Kolkata, India)
- 2018: Special Lecture (University of Calcutta)
John Davies read Theology at the University of Durham, where he focused on Church History and Liturgy. After gaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge, he held a research post at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2004 he joined the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, and became part of the History team at the University of Glasgow in 2008. His main interests include the ecclesiastical history of Britain in the middle ages, 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; monastic chronicles; the study of liturgy (liturgical theology as well as liturgical history); and medieval Scottish Law. He is currently preparing a new edition of Regiam Maiestatem, the oldest treatise on Scottish Law.
John is also the consultant and a member of the advisory board for a major AHRC project based in Cambridge and Aberystwyth: 'Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae: The Latin Lives of Welsh Saints'. Since September 2017 he has been working on another AHRC-funded project, 'The Community of the Realm in Scotland, 1249 to 1424: history, law and charters in a recreated kingdom', in collaboration with colleagues from King's College London and the University of Edinburgh.
In addition to scholarship relating to the Insular middle ages, John also works on cross-cultural comparative history, and has been 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 further ventures, concerned with Indian cultural heritage. In 2017 he led a workshop in Kolkata on the preservation and promotion of the historical cultural heritage of Bengal. 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. Since November 2018 he has been leading a small project on the challenges facing heritage-minority communities in West Bengal and Bangladesh.
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. From 2015 to 2019 he served on the council 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 Liturgy Group, and the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation.
John also teaches in Theology and Religious Studies, providing the lectures for Part 2 of TRS2002 Christian Traditions and Transformations: 'Shaping the Western Theological Tradition'.