Stirling’s Archived Ecclesiastical Heritage Projects

Stirling colleagues have undertaken numerous projects involving Scottish ecclesiastical heritage. This research has often contributed directly to ‘Statements of Significance’ and heritage presentation materials for Properties-in-care by Historic Environment Scotland, as well as the National Trust for Scotland and local custodial bodies. This expertise also contributed to the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland’s Report with recommendations on the long-term conservation of the ecclesiastical heritage in a time of demographic change (2009), presented to the Scottish Executive.

Our ecclesiastical project work includes:

Professor Richard Oram

  • for History Tomorrow with CFA Archaeology- Oram R, Melrose Abbey: Historical Record for Activities in the Outer Court or Precinct (2011) CFA Archaeology Ltd.
Melrose Abbey by Richard Oram (2004-04-01): Richard Oram:  Books
  • Whithorn Priory – Galloway
  1. ‘The Premonstratensian Order in Scotland c.1150-c.1350’, in P Barnwell (ed), Places of Worship in the British Isles 1150-1350 (Donington, 2018) includes a detailed analysis of Whithorn’s plan.
  2. Oram R, Martin PF, McKean C & Neighbour T (2010) Historic Whithorn: Archaeology and Development. Scottish Burgh Survey. York: Council of British Archaeology.
  3. R.D. Oram, ‘The Medieval Bishops of Whithorn, Their Cathedral and Their Tombs’, in C. Lowe ed., “Clothing for the Soul Divine”: Burials at the Tomb of St Ninian: Excavations at Whithorn Priory, 1957-67 (Historic Scotland Archaeology Report, 3, 2009), pp. 131-6
  4. Oram R (2005) A Monastery and Its Landscape: Whithorn and Monastic Estate Management in Galloway (c1250-c1600). Whithorn Lecture, 13. Whithorn: Friends of the Whithorn Trust.
Whithorn Priory and Museum | Historic Environment Scotland | HES
  • for Historic (Environment) Scotland on Elgin Cathedral
  1. R.D. Oram and R. Fawcett, Elgin Cathedral and the Diocese of Moray (Historic Scotland, Edinburgh, 2014), 196pp
  2. R.D Oram R (2016) ‘The Medieval Church in the Dioceses of Aberdeen and Moray’, In: Geddes J (ed.) Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in the Dioceses of Aberdeen and Moray (Leeds: 2016, Routledge. British Archaeological Association Conference of 2014), pp. 16-32.
Elgin Cathedral and the Diocese of Moray: Richard Fawcett,  Richard Oram: 9781849171731: Books
  • Oram R, ‘Paisley Abbey and Its Estates in the Middle Ages’, Renfrewshire Local History Forum, 18 (2016), 5-23.
  • Oram, R (2016), Glenluce and Sweetheart Abbeys, Wigtownshire and Galloway – providing historical knowledge for the presentations of HES and the Whithorn Trust and their museums within the context of the Whithorn Way.
  • Glasgow Cathedral: Report on the Historical Development of the Diocese of Glasgow and the Cathedral Building (Commissioned Report for Historic Environment Scotland, 2016).
  • Oram’s input to the revised Statement of Significance for the Magnus Katedralen on the Faroe Islands; Oram will be editing the English language text for the multi-author volume of the research project sometime from late 2019.
  • for Historic Enviornment Scotland, a £44,000 commission : Historic Evaluation – Arbroath Abbey (Phase 1) (Commissioned Report for Historic Environment Scotland, 2018) and Phase 2 (Commissioned Report for Historic Environment Scotland, 2019), with Victoria Hodgson; and Historic Evaluation – St Andrews Cathedral Priory (Phase 1) (Commissioned Report for Historic Environment Scotland, 2018).

Dr Michael Penman

Monuments and Monumentality Across Medieval and Early Modern Europe:  Proceedings of the 2011 Stirling Conference: Michael Penman:  9781907730283: Books

Dr Alasdair Ross († 2017)

  • for History Tomorrow with Addyman Archaeology 2008 – Ross A (2013), ‘The Medieval Kirk, Cemetary and Hospice at Kirk Ness, North Berwick’. In: Addyman T, Macfadyen K, Romankiewicz T, Ross A, Uglow N (ed.). The Medieval Kirk, Cemetary and Hospice at Kirk Ness, North Berwick: the Scottish Seabird centre Excavations 1999-2006, Oxford: Oxbow Books.
The Medieval Kirk, Cemetery and Hospice at Kirk Ness, North Berwick: the  Scottish Seabird centre Excavations 1999-2006: Addyman,  Thomas, Macfadyen, Kenneth, Romankiewicz, Tanja, Ross, Alasdair, Uglow,  Nicholas: 9781842176634: Books
  • Morrison J, Oram R & Ross A (2009) ‘Gogar, archaeological and historical evidence for a lost medieval parish near Edinburgh’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 139, pp. 229-255.
Gogar - Wikipedia
  • Alasdair Ross, Kilmun Church and mausoleum (Stirling, 2010), commissioned by
Clan Campbell Mausoleum | Scottish Clans

Dr Tom Turpie

  • Turpie T, “When the miracles ceased’: Shrine and cult management at St Andrews and Scottish cathedrals in the Later Middle Ages’, in Medieval St Andrews: Church, Cult and City, eds. M. Brown, K. Stevenson, A. Woolf (St Andrews Studies in Scottish History, 2017), 84-99
  • Turpie, T, ‘North-eastern Saints in the Aberdeen Breviary and the Historia Gentis Scotorum of Hector Boece: Liturgy, history and religious practice in late medieval Scotland’, Proceedings of the 2014 British Archaeological Association Annual Conference (Maney, Leeds, 2016), 239-247
  • Turpie, T, ‘Scottish and British? The Scottish church, Richard III and the cult of St Ninian in late medieval Scotland and Northern England’, in Medieval and Early Modern Representations of Authority in Scotland and Beyond, , eds. K. Buchanan, L. Dean & M. Penman (Ashgate, 2016), 226-245, leading to new heritage presentation materials at Whithorn Trust Exhibition Centre in 2019.

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