Conference: Personal Names and Naming Practices in Medieval Scotland

Conference Alert!

On Saturday 15th March, the ‘Personal Names and Naming Practices in Medieval Scotland’ day-conference will take place in the University of Glasgow. The event will begin at 9am and finish at 5.30pm, and is being held in 3 University Gardens (Celtic & Gaelic). Sponsored by the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, it will consist of a day full of interesting papers on personal names in medieval Scotland. This will be followed by an open-ended (and wine-fuelled!) round-table about the future of personal name studies in Scotland. This discussion will not just concern the middle ages but a more general theme of anthroponymy, and we hope that everyone will join in! The list of confirmed conference papers and the poster for the event can be found below.

If the conference didn’t already sound enticing enough, registration is FREE, but required. Lunch, tea/coffee, and wine will also be provided. To register, go to:

For any other information, please contact the organiser, Matthew Hammond: [email protected]

Conference Programme

  • Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh, ‘Gaelic Names and Elements in Scottish Charters 1093–1286’
  • Thomas Clancy, ‘Literary influences on personal naming practices in medieval Scotland’
  • Fiona Edmonds, ‘Names and political alliance: the lords of Nithsdale and Galloway in the twelfth century’
  • John Reuben Davies, ‘Old Testament personal names in Scotland’
  • Nick Evans, ‘Personal names in medieval Gaelic chronicles’
  • Rachel Butter, ‘Saints and personal names’
  • Guto Rhys, ‘Pictish Personal Names’
  • Matthew Hammond, ‘The use of surnames in the central middle ages’
  • Round-table discussion on the future of personal name studies in Scotland

Personal Names Conference poster copy

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