Project Members

Alison Burns – University of Glasgow Alison Burns is a final-year PhD student in the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, working on Aberdeenshire field-names from a sociolinguistic perspective. She has given papers at national and international conferences, and has publications at press. Her doctoral studies included an Internship with the Scottish Government from March to May 2012, and an Overseas Institutional Visit to the University of Copenhagen from May to June 2013 (both ESRC-funded). She is interested in methodologies for the collection, storage and analysis of names used in contemporary spoken language, and has developed a database of oral field-name data. She received the American Name Society’s Emerging Scholar Award in 2012, and was jointly awarded the Scottish Place-Name Society’s Nicolaisen Essay Prize in 2013


Thomas Owen Clancy – University of Glasgow Thomas Owen Clancy holds the Chair of Celtic at the University of Glasgow. He is Chair of the Board of Celtic Studies (Scotland), and Convener of the Scottish Catholic Historical Association. His research has covered a wide range of topics in medieval Celtic and Scottish studies, including history, literature, religion and onomastics. He has been Principal Investigator on three major onomastic projects, two funded by the AHRC and one by the Leverhulme Trust.  




Barbara Crawford – University of St. Andrews Barbara Crawford is Honorary Reader in the School of History, University of St Andrews. She taught Medieval History for over 30 years, but has always had an interest in inter-disciplinary research topics, especially including onomastic material, for understanding the impact of the Vikings on Scotland. She led her own excavation of a late Norse settlement site on the island of Papa Stour in Shetland through the late 1970s and 1980s. She was a member of the Board of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, has served two terms as Chair of the Treasure Trove Advisory Council of Scotland and was President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland from 2008–2011. In 2011 she was made OBE for services to History and Archaeology.



Peder Gammeltoft – University of Copenhagen Peder Gammeltoft is Associate Professor in the Department of Scandinavian Research, University of Copenhagen. He is an onomast whose main research area is place-names of Scandinavian origin. He also has a keen interest in the development of the semantic web and in place-name databases, including how to link such databases geographically with digital maps.Standardisation of place-names is another area of professional interest, and he is a member of the Danish Place-Name Commission as well as a Bureau Member of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN).



Carole Hough – University of Glasgow Carole Hough is Professor of Onomastics at the University of Glasgow. She is Convener of the Scottish Place-Name Society, President of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences, and First Vice-President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists. She is a historical linguist who has published widely on the place-names of Scotland and England, onomastic theory, cognitive semantics and Anglo-Saxon studies. She has led research into uses of social media for engaging the Scottish public in research into place-names and language, and has pioneered cognitive approaches to the teaching and study of Old English.


Henrik Hovmark – University of Copenhagen Henrik Hovmark is Associate Professor in the Department of Scandinavian Research, University of Copenhagen. He is co-editor of the Dictionary of Danish Insular Dialects, and his main areas of research are semantics, cognitive linguistics, variational linguistics and lexicography. He specialises in spatial language, and his main current interest is the relationship between language and place, especially the socio-culturally embedded conceptualisation of place, the creation of mental maps and the relationship between language, place and identity. He is President of the Nordic Association of Lexicography.



Johnny Grandjean Gøgsig Jakobsen – University of Copenhagen
Johnny Grandjean Gøgsig Jakobsen
, MSc and PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Scandinavian Research, University of Copenhagen. He is a geographer and historian whose main research areas are historical geography and ecclesiastical history of the Middle Ages in Denmark with comparative views to the rest of Northern Europe. He has a special interest in the integrated relation between physical and cultural geography in a historical context, e.g. the physical landscape of the Middle Ages, its cultural-geographical usage, and its naming.




David Simmons – University of Glasgow David Simmons is Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Glasgow. He is an internationally recognised researcher in visual perception. His earlier work on 3D vision and colour perception sparked an interest in visual aesthetics and visual appearance research which has blossomed into publications and television appearances (e.g. the often-repeated sequence on the BBC TV programme Britain’s Best Drives (TwoFour Productions) in which David talks to actor Richard Wilson about why we like looking at landscapes). David has also taken part in technical committees of the Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage (CIE) concerned with the measurement of visual appearance, and was recently appointed to the joint editorial board of the sister journals Perception/i-Perception.



Simon Taylor – University of Glasgow Simon Taylor has been working in the field of Scottish place-name studies since the early 1990s. He is at present employed at the University of Glasgow on two half-time contracts: one as a researcher on the AHRC-funded project Scottish Toponymy in Transition: Progressing County Surveys of the Place-Names of Scotland, the chief output of which are place-name volumes on (pre-1975) Clackmannanshire, Kinross-shire and Menteith; the other as a research and teaching associate in Scottish onomastics in the School of Humanities (Celtic and Gaelic) and the School of Critical Studies (English Language). He helped found the Scottish Place-Name Society in 1996, and was its convener from 2006 to 2011. Since its inception in 2007 he has been editor of the annual Journal of Scottish Name Studies, the first academic, peer-reviewed publication devoted to Scottish onomastics (since 2010 joint editor with Professor Richard Cox). He has published extensively on Scottish toponymics.





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