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Society Grants over £26,000 to Support Research into Scotland’s Past

23rd March 2021 | Categories: Research

The Society Council Trustees have awarded £26,319 to fifteen projects examining a wide range of topics from manuscript research to excavations investigating Mesolithic activity in the highlands.

A key part of our charitable activity is to support and encourage research into Scotland’s past. Grants not only help create greater knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s heritage but also facilitate good practice and increased promotion of that research. Funds are available to support all sorts of historical and archaeological investigations and in some cases the dissemination and promotion of research knowledge.

The Society would like to be able to support more high-quality activity in understanding Scotland’s past, and welcomes donations to its designated fund to help increase the grant awards available; if you would like to help please don’t hesitate to email Andrea, our Fellowship and Development Manager (

Short reports on projects the Society has supported through grants or other means are available to view on our Research and Projects page.

The successful applications for the 2021 year are:

Dr Clare Ellis, Argyll ArchaeologyLismore Glebe a grant of £2,400

Dr Karen Hardy, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies: South Cuidrach, Isle of Skye. Developing an understanding of the early prehistoric occupation a grant of £2,100

Dr Louise Heren, Oxford Brookes University: Perpetrating, Detecting and Prosecuting Crimes of Homosexuality in 1920s Scotland a grant of £1,670

Dr Kelly Kilpatrick, University of Glasgow: Aerial and Satellite Archaeological Prospecting: Medieval Ecclesiastical sites on Tiree and Colonsay an Angus Graham grant for the sum of £1,474.78

Dr Rena Maguire, Queen’s University Belfast: Harnessing the past:  discovering Scotland’s later prehistoric equitation a Gunning Jubilee Gift grant of £1,510

Professor Steven Mithen, University of Reading: RPAS Project: Post-excavation of Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic deposits at Rubha Port an t-Seilich, Isle of Islay a grant of £2,000

Professor Cynthia Neville, University of Guelph: The Manuscript Tradition of the Medieval Leges Marchiarum Treatise a grant of £440

Ms Anna Reeve, University of Leeds: Exploring ancient Cyprus at CultureNL Museums a Gunning Jubilee Gift grant of £1,135

Dr Helen Spencer, independent researcher: Scotland’s Early Glass Industry a grant of £1,050

Mr Richard Strathie, Ancrum & District Heritage Society: Ancrum Old Bridge a grant for the sum of £1,984

In addition, the following projects had been awarded funding the previous year, but were unable to take up their grants due to the pandemic; they expect to do so this year:

Dr Steven Birch, independent researcher: Rosemarkie Caves Project a grant for the sum of £2,150

Dr Trevor Cowie, independent researcher: The Horsehope Hoard Revisited a grant for the sum of £2,150

Dr Sam Edwards, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘Over Here’: The US Navy in Scotland, 1918-1919’ a grant for the sum of £461.40

Dr William Megarry, Queen’s University Belfast: Landscapes of Production: Understanding the Landscape Context of Felsite Production in Neolithic Shetland a grant for the sum of £2,350

Professor Graeme Warren, University College Dublin: Sgor An Eoin: exploring a remote upland lithic scatter a grant for the sum of £3,444

If you have any questions about our Grants and Awards, please email the Society’s Director, Dr Simon Gilmour (

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