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Dr Elizabeth Gemmill

Dean of Degrees, Fellow, Official Fellow

Associate Professor in Local History

Department for Continuing Education

BA, PhD Manchester, MA (by Special Resolution), FRHistS

Elizabeth Gemmill was appointed in October 2006 as a University Lecturer in Local History in the Department for Continuing Education, and in 2010 as Director of the Department’s Weekly Class Programme. Elizabeth’s research and teaching are in the field of medieval history. Her special interests are in ecclesiastical patronage rights and the character of the diocesan clergy, prices of consumables, and valuations in medieval inquisitions. She is co-author with Nicholas Mayhew of Changing Values in Medieval Scotland: A Study of Prices, Money, and Weights and Measures (Cambridge University Press, 1995). She has published a scholarly edition, Aberdeen Guild Court Records, 1437 – 1468 (Scottish History Society, 2005) and a monograph, The Nobility and Ecclesiastical Patronage in Thirteenth-Century England (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2013). She is currently preparing a data base of valuations of churches in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century inquisitions post mortem.

Elizabeth was named in 2012 as ‘Most Acclaimed Lecturer’ in the Department for Continuing Education by Oxford University Student Union.

In 2015 Elizabeth was elected as Kellogg College’s first Proctor and took office in March 2016.

Selected Publications

‘Prices from the Durham Obedientiary Account Rolls, 1278-1367’, Money, Prices and Wages: Essays in Honour of Professor Nicholas Mayhew edited by Martin Allen and D’Maris Coffman (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) pp. 74-93 (ISBN 9781137394019)

The Nobility and Ecclesiastical Patronage in Thirteenth-Century England (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2013)

(ISBN 9781843838128)

‘Guilds: Scotland, Trade and Craft Guilds’, Encyclopedia of Dress and Textiles of the British Isles, c. 450 – 1450  (Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp. 255-9 (ISBN 9789004124356)

‘Wool Trade: Scottish, 1250-1450’, Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles, c. 450-1450 (Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp. 646-50 (ISBN 9789004124356)

‘The Development of Parishes’ in Historical Atlas of Oxfordshire, edited by Kate Tiller and Giles Darkes (Oxfordshire Record Society, 2010) (ISBN 9780 902509689 (casebound) 9780902509634 (paperback)

(with Ben Dodds and Phillipp R. Schofield) ‘Durham Grain Prices, 1278-1515’, Archaeologia Aeliana, 39 (2010), 307-327 (ISBN 02613417)

‘Town and Region: the Corn Market in Aberdeen, c. 1398 – c. 1468’ in Agriculture and Rural Society after the Black Death: Common Themes and Regional Variations, edited by Ben Dodds and Richard Britnell (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2008), pp. 56-72 (ISBN 1902806786)   

‘Ecclesiastical Patronage of the Laity in Later Medieval England’ The Local Historian, 38.3 (August 2008), 162-79 (ISBN 00245585)

‘The Earls and Their Clergy in the Reign of Edward I’, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 88.1 (2006), 123-52 (ISBN 0301102X)

Aberdeen Guild Court Records, 1437-1468 (Edinburgh: Scottish History Society, 2005) (ISBN 0906245265)

(with Ian Blanchard, Nicholas Mayhew and Ian D. Whyte) , ‘The Economy: Town and Country’, in Aberdeen before 1800: A New History, eds. M. Lynch, E.P. Dennison, D. Ditchburn (Aberdeen: Tuckwell, 2002), pp. 129-58 (ISBN 1862321191)

‘The King’s Companions: the Evidence of Royal Charter Witness Lists from the Reign of Edward I’, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 83.3 (2001), 129-46 (ISBN 0301102X)

‘Signs and Symbols in Medieval Scottish Trade’, Review of Scottish Culture, 13 (2000-1), 7-17 (ISBN 02676834)

(with Nicholas Mayhew), Changing Values in Medieval Scotland. A study of prices, money, and weights and measures (Cambridge University Press, 1995) (ISBN 0521473853)

‘The Ecclesiastical Patronage of the Earls during the Reign of Edward I’, in Thirteenth Century England III. Proceedings of the Newcastle upon Tyne Conference 1989, eds. P.R. Coss and S.D. Lloyd (Woodbridge:  Boydell, 1991), pp. 65-74   (ISBN 0851155480)