Project Team

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Dr JACKSON ARMSTRONG
Principal Investigator and Project Director
Dr EDDA FRANKOT
Editorial Research Fellow and Project Manager 2016-2019
Dr CLAIRE HAWES
Research Assistant 2016-2018
Dr WILLIAM HEPBURN
Research Assistant 2016-2018
Jackson Armstrong is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen. His work concerns Scotland and England in the period 1300-1600, especially the ligatures of local societies, relations with ‘centres’ of political power, and frameworks of law and related aspects of government. He has been a leading member of the wider Aberdeen Burgh Records Project since 2012. Edda Frankot is an Associate Professor (Førsteamanuensis) at Nord University, Norway, and has been a member of the Aberdeen Burgh Records Project team since 2013. She has been involved in producing a number of (digital) editions, including the 1641 Depositions, and is the author of ‘Of Laws of Ships and Shipmen’: Medieval Maritime Law in Urban Northern Europe. Her research focuses on the urban, legal and maritime history of northern Europe in the later Middle Ages.  Claire Hawes is a Research Development Adviser at the University of Aberdeen. She completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2015. Her doctoral research explored the workings of political legitimacy in later fifteenth-century Scotland. Following her doctorate, Claire was appointed as an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow for her work on The Craftsmen of St Andrews Past and Present. William Hepburn is a Creative Economy Engagement Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. He gained an MA in History at the University of Glasgow and, after two years working in a bookshop, returned to complete an MLitt in Medieval Scottish Studies and a PhD on the household of James IV (1488-1513). He was also a teaching assistant at the University of Glasgow and the University of the Highlands and Islands. He recently worked as a postdoctoral intern with Glasgow Life.
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Dr ANDREW MACKILLOP
Co-Investigator
Dr WIM PETERS
Text Enrichment Research Fellow 2017-2019
Dr ANDREW SIMPSON
Co-Investigator
Dr ADAM WYNER
Co-Investigator
Andrew Mackillop is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow. His research interests include exploring the nature of Scotland’s urban society in the century or so after the British Union of 1707, not least within the context of wider debates on the ancien regime character of the early modern British-Irish Isles. Wim Peters is a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. His background is in Classics, (computational) linguistics and knowledge acquisition/management.
One of his main interests is to provide analysis support for digital humanities scholars, in order to derive and organize meaning from text through natural language processing and other knowledge acquisition techniques.
Andrew Simpson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen. His research focuses on various aspects of the history of Scots law during the late medieval and early modern periods. His doctoral dissertation focused on the ways in which lawyers conceptualised legal authority during the sixteenth century. He is also interested in the history of various actions used to remedy wrongs in Scotland, such as the unlawful seizure of goods, between ca.1200 and ca.1600. Adam Wyner is an Associate Professor in Law and Computer Science at the University of Swansea. He has published on legal reasoning, information extraction from text, and argumentation. He is broadly interested in digital humanities.
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PHIL ASTLEY
Project Partner
Dr ANNA D. HAVINGA
Text Enrichment Research Fellow 2016-17
Phil Astley is City Archivist for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives. With over twenty year’s experience in the archive sector, he has previously worked at Aberdeen University (2004-2008), the North Highland Archive (2003-2004) and the Orkney Library and Archive (1994-2003). He is also a trustee of the Scottish Council on Archives . Anna D. Havinga is a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at the University of Bristol, where she also received her PhD in 2016. Her work focuses on the standardization of languages from a sociolinguistic point of view. Further research interests include folk linguistics, language contact phenomena, and – more broadly – digital humanities projects. She worked on the LACR project until September 2017.

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