Our thriving Aberdeen and North-East Section hosts Society lectures as well as events of their own.
They meet in the New King’s 10, adjacent to King’s Museum, 17 High Street, Old Aberdeen AB24 3EE, at 7.30pm and have their own Laws and Committee. The Chair of the Committee is an ex officio member of the Society Council.
The North East Section (as it was then called) was formally constituted on 4 November 1969 and the first Committee elected on 14 April 1970.
Jackson Armstrong BA MPhil PhD
Teaches medieval and early modern history at the the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen. He is interested in Scotland and England in the period 1300-1600, and especially in the ligatures of local societies (including ideas of kinship), relations with ‘centres’ of political power, and frameworks of law and related aspects of government. He is particularly curious about regions typically considered to be ‘peripheral’: Much of his work to date has been concerned with the fifteenth-century Anglo-Scottish borderlands, and the themes of frontiers and conflict. His work also takes in chivalry, heraldry and the law and office of arms.
Vice Chair (2015-18)
Jeff Oliver BA MA PhD
Originally from the west coast of Canada, Jeff studied archaeology and history at Simon Fraser University (BA 1998). After graduation, he worked as a consulting archaeologist in coastal and interior British Columbia before relocating to the United Kingdom to attend graduate school. He obtained an MA in Landscape Archaeology in 2001 and a PhD in Archaeology in 2006 from the University of Sheffield. In 2008, Jeff joined the department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen and in 2013. His research focuses on the later historical archaeology of Western Canada and Scotland.
Secretary-cum-Treasurer (elected annually, first year of election in brackets)
Chris Croly BA MPhil PhD (2016)
Chris read history as an undergraduate at the University of Strathclyde and did his PhD at the University of Cambridge. For 14 years from 2001 to 2015 he was Historian for Aberdeen City Council and has written on many different aspects of Aberdeen’s history. He is currently Public Engagement with Research Officer for the University of Aberdeen. Chris is also organises Doors Open Day in Aberdeen and is a Burgess of Guild of the City and sits of the Guild’s management committee.
Treasurer (elected annually)
Committee members (Elected for three years; date of election in brackets)
Adelyn Wilson LLB (Hons) PhD FSA Scot FHEA (2015-18)
Adelyn is a lecturer in law and legal history at the University of Aberdeen. Her principal research interest is seventeenth-century Scottish legal history and literature. Most recently, her work has largely focused on the method of writing as well as the later use and transmission of Scottish legal treatises and collections of legal materials. Her work has been supported by funding awards from the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust, the Aberdeen Humanities Fund and the Bibliographical Society. Dr Wilson is a Committee member of the Society’s North East Section and is also the Secretary and Trustee of the Scottish Legal History Group, a Council member and Trustee of the Stair Society, the Treasurer and a Board member of the Aberdeen Humanities Fund, and a Council member of the Centre for Early-Modern Studies. She is the European Society for Comparative Legal History’s copyeditor for its journal, Comparative Legal History, published biannually by Taylor and Francis. She was in 2009-14 the Director of Aberdeen’s Civil Law Centre, and was in 2012-15 the University of Aberdeen’s ’50 under 30′ representative to the National Centre for University and Business.
Prof John Morrison MA PhD FSA Scot (2015-18)
Professor John Morrison is Head of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen and an art historian. He has published widely on Scottish art and cultural history including Painting the Nation: Identity and Nationalism in Scottish Painting 1800-1920 (Edinburgh UP 2003), A Shared Legacy. Essays on Irish and Scottish Art (Ashgate Press, Aldershot 2005, with F. Cullen) and Painting labour in Scotland and Europe 1850-1900 (Ashgate Press 2014).
Douglas Campbell BSc MSc PGDip IHBC (2016-19)
With qualifications in Architecture, Architectural Conservation and Urban Regeneration, Douglas has particular interests in conservation-led regeneration, urban development and vernacular architecture. Since 2004 he has managed the day-to-day affairs and activities of Aberdeen City Heritage Trust.
Finlay McKichan (2016-19)
Edda Frankot MA MA PhD (2016-17)
Edda Frankot is currently working on the Leverhulme-Trust funded ‘Law in the Aberdeen Council Registers, 1398-1511’ project (https://aberdeenregisters.org) at the University of Aberdeen as an Editorial Research Fellow and Project Manager. Originally from the Netherlands, she studied History and Medieval Studies at the University of Groningen before obtaining a PhD in History and Law at the University of Aberdeen in 2004. Since then she has worked on a number of (digital) editing projects of medieval and early modern sources. Her research focusses on the urban, legal and maritime history of Scotland and the Netherlands within a northern European context. She is the author of ‘Of Laws of Ships and Shipmen. Medieval Maritime Law and its Practice in Urban Northern Europe.
Co-opted Committee members
Kevin Edwards MA PhD DSc FSA FRGS FRSE MAE (2017-18)
A Kentish Man, Kevin is professor in Physical Geography and Adjunct Professor in Aberdeen (Archaeology) and City University of New York (Anthropology). He graduated from the Universities of St Andrews and Aberdeen and he has held appointments and visiting positions at the Universities of Queen’s Belfast, Birmingham, Sheffield, Oxford, Cambridge, Minnesota and Copenhagen. His research focuses upon human-environment interactions over prehistoric and historical timescales, using pollen analysis and other approaches. He delivered the 133rd Rhind Lectures in 2012 (“On the windy edge of nothing: Vikings in the North Atlantic world – ecological and social journeys“).
RULES OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF SCOTLAND ABERDEEN AND NORTH EAST SECTION
On the 9 May 2017 the Aberdeen and North East Section Annual General Meeting agreed to amend the Section Rules (as per their Rule 13). These were agreed by Council Trustees of the Society on 16 October 2017.
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