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Dr Jenny McHugh

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Thesis Title

Faith and Loyalty: The Allegiance of Scottish Bishops during the Second War of Independence (1332 to 1357).

Research Interests

My doctoral research explores the relationship between the Scottish and English Crowns and Scottish clergymen in the fourteenth century. Gradually, this has focused specifically on the political role of bishops during the Second War of Independence. Originally, my project also looked at monastic communities and the lesser clergy during the reigns of the Scottish kings David II and Edward Balliol. My interests include the impact of warfare and violence on non-combatant communities, political allegiance and identity, pre-modern understandings of the nation, and medieval ritual. I have also published on the personnel of medieval, colonial governments in Historical Research

Supervised By

Dr. Sophie Ambler

Dr. Fiona Edmonds

Research Grants

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Studentship, Lancaster University, 2018-2021

International Medieval Congress Travel Bursary 2021

Scottish Historical Review Trust Grant 2019-2020

Royal Historical Society Research Expenses Grant 2019-2020

Geoffrey Barrow Award, The Society of Scottish Medievalists, 2019

Caroline Barron Prize, Royal Holloway, 2018

Herringham Scholarship, Royal Holloway, 2017-2018


MA Medieval Studies (2017/18), Royal Holloway University of London (Distinction).

BA History (2014/17), Royal Holloway University of London (First Class).

Additional Information

Member of the Centre for War and Diplomacy, Scottish History Society, Ecclesiastical History Society and Royal Historical Society. Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 

I wrote a blog post for The National Archives on the Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath (April 2020): https://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/for-freedom-alone-the-declaration-of-arbroath-from-english-records/

I was also interviewed by Dr Kate Buchanan for the Scotichronicon podcast about research into Medieval Scottish history (November 2021): https://www.medievalists.net/2021/11/the-second-war-of-independence-clergy-and-loyalty-with-jenny-mchugh/ (also available via Apple Podcasts and Spotify)

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