What is the Paradox?

The period between 1093 and 1286 laid the foundations for modern Scotland.  At its start, the king of Scots ruled no more than a small east coast realm between Lothian and Moray.  At its end, his authority extended over the whole area of modern Scotland apart from the Northern Isles. During the same period, Scotland’s society and culture was transformed by the king implanting a new nobility of Anglo-Norman origin and establishing English influenced structures of law and government.

This project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and combining the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and King’s College London, will investigate how a recognisably modern Scottish identity was formed during the period 1093-1286. Drawing on over 6000 contemporary charters, it will construct a unique data-base which will provide biographical information about all known people in Scotland between 1093 and 1286. This data-base will be freely available to all on the project’s website.

With the data-base as its foundation, the project seeks to answer the following questions:

  • Who were the people of medieval Scotland?
  • How were they connected one to another?
  • Where did they come from and where did they live
  • What conception did they have of their identity?

South Ayrshire Libraries are part of the “Knowledge Transfer Group” and the only Library Authority to be a partner in this important project, and are very pleased that is has just gained a further three years of funding.

Visit for more information. You will also find a link pointing to the site on our library catalogue.


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One Response to “THE PARADOX OF MEDIEVAL SCOTLAND 1093-1286 Project”

  1. Renee Coy Says:

    I read about your success and I’m a member of EPIC. Congratulations. I have been really wanting to visit Scotland as I recently found out I am number 20 decendant from Robert the Bruce.
    Best regards, Renee Coy (From the USA)

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