The Charters of Inchaffray Abbey (SHS vol.56): making Scottish charters accessible then and now as a source for understanding Scotland before the Wars of Independence
Location: via Zoom
This talk will discuss Charters, Bulls and Other Documents Relating to the Abbey of Inchaffray, ed. W. A. Lindsay, J. Dowden and J. M. Thomson, SHS vol. 56 (1908) as a major achievement in publishing an important collection of original charters, and compare this with the latest methods of making charters accessible, particularly for the period before the Wars of Independence (especially www.poms.ac.uk and www.modelsofauthority.ac.uk). The charters of Inchaffray are very significant for the survival of early original charters and their use in a predominantly Gaelic-speaking society. The second half of the talk will introduce the latest research on these issues and consider how our understanding of this key source is evolving.
Dauvit Broun is Professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow, and convenor of the Scottish History Society.