Academic Staff:
Dr Fiona Edmonds

Senior Lecturer in Celtic History
Fellow, Clare College

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fiona edmonds


Department of ASNC,
Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Office: S-R 38, (+44-1223-767315 ), Email:
Clare College , Cambridge CB2 1TL (+44-1223-333200)

Departmental/College Responsibilities

Teaching in Celtic History: History of the Gaelic-Speaking Peoples (Part 1, Paper 4), History of the Brittonic-Speaking Peoples (Part 1, Paper 3) and Sea-kings and the Celtic-speaking world, c. 1014–1164 (Part II, paper 3)

Academic Interests (teaching and research)

History of Scotland, northern England, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man between the seventh and the twelfth centuries; connections between different areas of the Insular world; Gaelic-Scandinavian contact; Anglo-Saxon history, especially the kingdom of Northumbria; material culture; interdisciplinary approaches; digital mapping.

She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

She was the Co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project: ‘Hagiography at the frontiers: Jocelin of Furness and Insular Politics’ between July 2010 and July 2012. The Principal Investigator was Dr Clare Downham, University of Liverpool.

Selected Publications

  • ‘The Emergence and Transformation of Medieval Cumbria’, Scottish Historical Review, 93.2 (2014), 195–216.
  • 'Saints' Cults and Gaelic-Scandinavian Influence around the Cumberland Coast and North of the Solway Firth', in Jón Viðar Sigurðsson and Timothy Bolton (eds.), Celtic-Norse Relationships in the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages 800-1200 (Leiden:Brill, 2014), pp. 39-63.
  • 'The Furness Peninsula and the Irish Sea Region: Cultural Interaction from the Seventh Century to the Twelfth', in Clare Downham (ed.), Jocelin of Furness: Essays from the 2011 Conference (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2013), pp. 17-44.
  • 'St Cuthbert, St Columba and Ireland: Movements of Relics in the 870s', in Nancy R. McGuire and Colm Ó Baoill (eds.), Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 6 (Aberdeen: An Clò Gàidhealach, 2013), pp. 1–29.
  • (ed. with Paul Russell), TOME: Studies in Medieval Celtic History and Law in Honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2011).
  • ‘A twelfth-century migration from Tegeingl to Lancashire’, in T. M. Charles-Edwards and R. Evans (eds.), Wales and the Wider World (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2010), pp. 28–56.
  • Whithorn’s Renown in the Early Medieval Period: Whithorn, Futerna and magnum monasterium, Whithorn Lecture 16 (Stranraer: Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press, 2009).
  • ‘History and names’, in James Graham-Campbell and Robert Philpott (eds.), The Huxley Viking Hoard: Scandinavian Settlement in the North West (Liverpool: National Museums Liverpool, 2009), pp. 3–12.
  • ‘Personal names and the cult of Patrick in eleventh-century Strathclyde and Northumbria’, in Steve Boardman, John Reuben Davies and Eila Williamson (eds.), Saints’ Cults in the Celtic World, Studies in Celtic History 25 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2009), pp. 42–65.
  • ‘The practicalities of communication between Northumbrian and Irish Churches, c. 635–735’, in J. Graham-Campbell and M. Ryan (eds.) Anglo-Saxon/ Irish Relations before the Vikings, Proceedings of the British Academy 157 (Oxford: OUP, 2009), pp. 129–47.
  • ‘Barrier or unifying feature? Defining the nature of early medieval water transport in the north-west’, in John Blair (ed.), Waterways and Canal-building in Medieval England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 21–36.



  • The Northumbrian Kingdom: Gaelic Influence in the Golden Age and the Viking Age.


  • ‘Representations of the Northumbrian attack on Brega, 684, in hagiographical texts’.
  • ‘The Expansion of the Kingdom of Strathclyde’, Early Medieval Europe, 23.1 (January, 2015).