Dr John Davies
- Research Fellow: Associate Director of Arts Lab (Arts College Senior Management)
- Affiliated Researcher in School of Humanities (School of Humanities)
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. He 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.
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, and he has led several workshops in Kolkata on the historical cultural heritage of Bengal as well as the lived heritage of minority and diaspora communities.
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 has been a member of the Liturgy Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church since 2009 (as Convener 2015 to 2020), and the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation since 2017. He was a member of the Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain 2015 to 2020, and sat on the Faith and Order Board of the Scottish Episcopal Church 2015 to 2020.
- Ecclesiastical history of Great Britain in the middle ages
- Medieval Charters
- 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
- Liturgical Theology
- 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.
- Gardner, Owain
Music, Knowledge, Faith and Reform in the Thought and Practice of Robert Grosseteste and J. S. Bach
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2020: Research Culture Award (University of Glasgow)
- 2012: Innes Review (Editor)
- 2015 - 2019: Scottish History Society
- 2021: Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal
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
- 2021: Member, Societas Liturgica
Selected international presentations
- 2017: Public Lecture (The Indian Museum, Kolkata, India)
- 2018: Special Lecture (University of Calcutta)