Murray Prize for History

Awarded biennially for the best paper on the history of Scotland in the medieval to early modern periods

awards-murray-medalA prestigious silver medal and a cash prize of £200 are awarded in recognition of original research published by the Society on the history of Scotland in the medieval to Early Modern periods (c AD 500 to AD 1700) and set within a British and/or European context. For the purposes of this award, history is defined as encompassing all fields of study except archaeology.

This award has been funded through a generous donation from Dr Peter Murray FSAScot.


Submission for the prize is made to the Managing Editor at as a paper for publication in the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (PSAS) or the Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports (SAIR). Following successful peer review, the paper is judged by an independent panel of historians for the prize.

All submissions are considered for publication by the Society whether or not they are winners.


PhD students, early career researchers, academics, independent researchers, both Fellows and non-Fellows of the Society are all welcome to participate.


The deadline for submissions in this cycle is 30 November 2024. Winners will be announced at the Society’s Annual General Meeting the following November.


PSAS is a peer-reviewed academic journal published annually by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland since 1851. Visit the journal website for further information:

SAIR is a peer-reviewed open access journal of excavation reports and large-scale surveys conducted in Scotland. It is published year-round by the Society:


Past winners

Murray Prize 2013

Murray Prize for History presentation

2023 Gordon M Reynolds Asking for forgiveness as an aspect of crusade: case studies from 13th-century Scotland (PSAS 152)

2021 Rachel Meredith Davis Material evidence? Re-approaching elite women’s seals and charters in late medieval Scotland (PSAS 150)

2019 Bryony Coombs John Stuart, Duke of Albany and his contribution to military science in Scotland and Italy, 1514–36 (PSAS 148)

2017 No award

2015 No award

2013 Laura Paterson The Witches’ Sabbath in Scotland (PSAS 142)


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