Aberdeen and North-East Section

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.

Committee Members elected 12 April 2016

Chairman (2015-18)

Jackson Armstrong BA MPhil PhD

Jackson Armstrong

Jackson Armstrong

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

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 (elected annually)
Chris Croly BA MPhil PhD

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)

Committee members

Alexander Green M.Theol (Hons) LLB LLM M.Litt (2014-17)

Neil Curtis

Neil Curtis

Neil Curtis (2016-17 co-opted)

Head of Museums at the University of Aberdeen and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Anthropology. He studied Archaeology (Glasgow), Museum Studies (Leicester) and Education (Aberdeen). He is Convenor of University Museums in Scotland, Vice-Chair of the Scottish Archaeological Finds Advisory Panel and a former Vice-President of the Society. His research and publication focuses on the social and cultural roles of museums today, including repatriation and the treatment of human remains, and historical studies of Scottish archaeology and museums.

vacancy (2014-17)

Adelyn Wilson  PhD (2015-18)

Prof John Morrison

Prof John Morrison

Prof John Morrison MA PHD (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).

vacancy (2015-18)



Douglas Campbell

Douglas Campbell

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)

vacancy (2016-19)


Photograph of Dr Edda Frankot

Dr Edda Frankot

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://aberdeenregister.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.

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