Dr Alastair Macdonald

Dr Alastair Macdonald


Dr Alastair Macdonald
Dr Alastair Macdonald

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Divinity, History and Philosophy,
Crombie Annexe,
Meston Walk,
King's College,
University of Aberdeen,
Old Aberdeen,
AB24 3FX.
Room: 103

Research Interests

One of Dr Macdonald's key research interests is Anglo-Scottish relations in the later middle ages. His doctoral thesis on Anglo-Scottish conflict between 1369 and 1403 has now been published as a monograph. This research feeds into other areas of interest, such as Scotland's place in the wider world of European diplomacy and the development and nature of European frontier societies. His main research project at present is to examine the nature and impact of war on state and society in later medieval Scotland. 


Teaching Responsibilities

  • HI 1508 Europe and the Outside World: Crusades to Indian Mutiny
  • HI 2005 Scotland and Europe: Themes and Variations, c.1200-1500
  • HI 3051/3551 War and Peace: England and Scotland, c.1072-1560
  • HI 3063/3563 Comparative Studies in Medieval Monarchy
  • HI 3074/3574 War and Society in the Later Middle Ages
  • HI 4015 Special Subject I: The British Isles in the Ages of Richard II


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Working Papers and Discussion Papers

Working Papers

  • MacDonald, AJ. (2013). 'Trickery, Mockery and the Scottish Way of War'. University of Aberdeen, pp. 1-21.
    [Online] AURA: MacdonaldTrickery.pdf

Contributions to Journals


  • MacDonald, AJ. (2014). 'Trickery, Mockery and the Scottish Way of War'. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol 143, pp. 319-338.
  • Macdonald, AJ. (2013). 'Courage, fear and the experience of the later medieval Scottish soldier'. Scottish Historical Review, vol 92, no. 2, pp. 179-206.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/shr.2013.0174
  • MacDonald, AJ. (2000). 'The Apogee of the 'Auld Alliance' and the Limits of Policy'. Northern Scotland, vol 20, pp. 31-46.


  • MacDonald, AJ. (2006). 'Did Intelligence Matter? Espionage in Later Medieval Anglo-Scottish Relations'. Historical Studies, vol 25, pp. 3-16.

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings


  • MacDonald, AJ. (2012). Triumph and disaster: Scottish military leadership in the Later Middle Ages. in A King & D Simpkin (eds), England and Scotland at War, c.1296-c.1513. History of Warfare, vol. 78, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, pp. 255-282.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1163/9789004229839_012
  • MacDonald, AJ. (2012). The Kingdom of Scotland at War, 1332-1488. in E Spiers, J Crang & M Strickland (eds), A Military History of Scotland. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 158-181.
  • MacDonald, AJ. (2005). John Hardyng, Northumbrian Identity and the Scots. in CD Liddy & RH Britnell (eds), North-East England in the Later Middle Ages. Regions and Regionalism in History, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk, United Kingdom, pp. 29-42.
  • MacDonald, AJ. (2003). Kings of the Wild Frontier? : The Earls of Dunbar or March, c. 1070-1435. in S Boardman & A Ross (eds), The Exercise of Power in Medieval Scotland c.1200-1500. Four Courts Press, Dublin, Ireland, pp. 139-158.
  • Ditchburn, DM. & MacDonald, AJ. (2001). Medieval Scotland, 1100-1560. in RA Houston & WWJ Knox (eds), The New Penguin History of Scotland: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day. Allen Lane History, Allen Lane, London, United Kingdom, pp. 96-181.
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