Aberdeen and North East Section

The Aberdeen and North East Section hosts Society lectures as well as events of their own at the University of Aberdeen.

Lectures and other meetings take place in the Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Regent Walk, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3FX, at 7.30pm.

The Section has its 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.

Committee Members elected 24 April 2018

Chairman (2018-21)

Neil Curtis

Neil Curtis

Neil Curtis FSA Scot





Vice Chair (2015-18)

Jeff Oliver BA MA PhD

Jeff Oliver

Dr Jeff Oliver

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)

Dr Chris Croly

Dr Chris Croly

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)
Position vacant


Committee members (Elected for three years; date of election in brackets)

Finlay McKichan

Finlay McKichan

Finlay McKichan (2016)






Alison Burke FSA Scot (2018 – for one year)



Photograph of Dr Edda Frankot

Dr Edda Frankot

Edda Frankot MA MA PhD (2017)

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.


Jane Geddes FSA Scot (2018 – for two years)


Susan Marshall FSA Scot (2018)


John Corrall FSA Scot (2018)


Co-opted Committee members

Prof Kevin Edwards

Prof Kevin Edwards

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“).



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.

  1. The purpose of the Section shall be the same as those of the Society, with particular reference to the North-East of Scotland.
  2. The Section shall consist of the Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the Society who are resident in Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland, defined as the area of the current local authorities of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray, or Fellows elsewhere who intimate their interest to the Secretary of the Section. Members not resident in Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland may withdraw from membership of the Section at any time on giving written notice to the Secretary.
  3. Subject to the Laws and to the control of the Society, the affairs of the Section shall be managed by a Committee elected and appointed as hereinafter set forth. The Committee shall consist of Office-bearers and six ordinary members elected by the members of the Section. Five members of the Committee shall be a quorum, provided that number includes one Office-bearer.
  4. The Office-bearers shall consist of a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, a Secretary, and a Treasurer (or a Secretary cum Treasurer). The Chairman shall be elected for a period of three years from 1 June and shall not be eligible for re-election to the same office until one year has elapsed from the end of that period. The other Office-bearers shall be elected for one year and shall be eligible for re-election.
  5. Two of the six ordinary members of the Committee shall retire annually by rotation, and shall not be eligible for re-election as ordinary members of the Committee until one year has elapsed. Vacancies occurring during the year among the Committee shall be filled by election or co-option.
  6. The Annual General Meeting of the Section shall be held on such date as the Committee shall appoint. The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be notified to members at least fourteen days before the day of the meeting. The business year of the Section shall commence on 1 June.
  7. The Committee may appoint sub-committees or individuals for particular purposes. Fellows who are not members of the Section shall be eligible for these duties.
  8. The Chairman shall preside over meetings of the Section and shall represent the interests of the Section to the Council of the Society. At the Annual General Meeting the Chairman shall be responsible for the conduct of the election of the Committee. The Vice-Chairman shall carry out these duties in the absence of the Chairman.
  9. The Secretary shall keep a record of membership and shall present a report on the proceedings of the Section to the Annual General Meeting and to the Society when requested.
  10. The Treasurer shall keep an account of the income and expenditure of the Section for the year to 31 May and shall present the same to the Annual General Meeting of the Section for approval.
  11. The Committee shall have the power to call Extraordinary General Meetings of the Section when it sees cause. An Extraordinary General Meeting may also be called by the Chairman within one month of the receipt of a written requisition of not less than fifteen members of the Section intimating the business proposed of such a meeting.
  12. The Committee shall arrange a programme for the year, normally based on the Edinburgh lecture programme of the Society.
  13. Every proposal for altering the Rules must be made through the Committee, which shall cause intimation thereof to be made to all members at least thirty days before the General Meeting at which it is to be determined on. Any such proposal will be deemed to have failed unless it is accepted by a simple majority of those voting at the General Meeting of the Section and by the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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