Professor Jane Geddes

Professor Jane Geddes

Chair in History of Art

Professor Jane Geddes
Professor Jane Geddes

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The University of Aberdeen CB405, 50-52 College Bounds, School of History & History of Art, King's College, ABERDEEN, AB24 3DS

The Aberdeen Bestiary:

The St Albans Psalter:


Research Interests

Scottish architecture; British Medieval manuscripts; Pictish Sculpture; Medieval decorative ironwork.  

Current Research

There are two recently completed projects:

  • Principal Investigator for the Buildings of Scotland, Leverhulme Award. This award produced 2 volumes in the Buildings of Scotland series:  Aberdeenshire: North and Moray; Aberdeenshire: South and Aberdeen. The research fellows were three architecural historians, Joseph Sharples, Dr David Walker and Dr Matthew Woodworth. Published by Yale University Press, 2014.
  • Historic Environment Scotland. Academic advisor for the design of St Vigeans Musseum, Arbroath, Angus. Author of Hunting Picts: Medieval Sculpture at St Vigeans, Angus, 2 vols, 2017
  • Currently investigating the 'Earliest Portrait of St Columba' in St Gallen Library, Cod.Sang 555.


Research Grants

Leverhulme Research Award: to produce two volumes for the Buildings of Scotland Series, Aberdeenshire and North-East Scotland. 2008-2014

AHRB award to produce the St Albans Psalter web site. St Albans Psalter web site.


Teaching Responsibilities

HA1003 Introduction to Art History: Case studies in Western Art
HA1503 The Modern Tradition: Change and Continuity
HA2004 Goths to Gothic: Romans to Renaissance
HA2501 The Age of Baroque: from Caravaggio to Robert Adam
HA3536 The Country House, 1500 - 2000
HA3594 The Work of Angels: Insular Art 400-800
HA3579 Durham and Romanesque architecture
HA5030 Art and Business

Further Info

External Responsibilities

External examiner for York University, Medieval Studies

Trustee for The Burn, Edzell


Selected Publications

Major Publications

Book cover: Hunting Picts

Hunting Picts: Early Medieval Sculpture at St Vigeans. Historic Environment Scotland

 BoS Covers

The Buildings of Scotland. Aberdeenshire: North and Moray  North; Aberdeenshire: South and Aberdeen

Kings College Chapel Aberdeen 1500- 2000. Leeds: Northern Universities Press, 2000. [edited].

Deeside and the Mearns: an illustrated architectural survey. Rutland: Royal Incorporation of Scottish Architects, 2001.

Medieval Decorative Ironwork in England. London: Society of Antiquaries Monograph, 1999.



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Contributions to Journals


  • Geddes, J. (in press). 'The earliest portrait of St Columba: Cod Sang 555, p 166'. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
  • Geddes, J., Murray, HK. & Murray, JC. (2016). 'Tullich Aberdeenshire: a reappraisal of an early ecclesiastical site and its carved stones in the light of recent excavations'. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol 145, pp. 229-281.
    [Online] DOI: 10.5284/1000184
    [Online] AURA: 10PSAS145229_281.pdf
  • Geddes, J. (2008). 'Heaven's Gates: Medieval Decorative Ironwork and its meaning'. Cornerstone Magazine, vol 29, no. 2, pp. 42-48.
  • Geddes, J. (2005). 'The Organ, the Ambo and the Pulpitum'. Ecclesiology Today, Journal of the Ecclesiological Society, vol 34, no. Jan 2005, pp. 16-47.
  • Geddes, J. (2004). 'The organ, the ambo and the pulpitum, King's College Chapel, Aberdeen'. Aberdeen University Review, vol LX, no. 4, 212, pp. 295-323.
  • Geddes, J. (2002). 'The search for John Tresilian, master smith to Edward IV'. History Today, vol 52, pp. 40-46.

Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Geddes, J. (2013). 'Ironwork in Medieval Britain: an archaeological study, by Ian Goodall'. The Antiquaries Journal, vol 93, pp. 439-440.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1017/S000358151300005X

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings


  • Geddes, J. (2011). The Bayeux Tapestry, Dendrochronology and Hadstock Door. in MJ Lewis, GR Owen-Crocker & D Terkla (eds), The Bayeux Tapestry: New Approaches. Oxbow Books, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 127-135.
  • Geddes, J. (2011). The St Albans Psalter: Sex, Desire and the Middle-Aged Woman. in S Niebrzydowski (ed.), Middle-Aged Women in the Middle Ages. Gender in the Middle Ages, vol. 7, Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge, pp. 69-82.
  • Geddes, J. (2010). The Problems of Pictish Art, 1955-2009. in J Geddes, ST Driscoll & MA Hall (eds), Pictish Progress: New Studies on Northern Britain in the Early Middle Ages. vol. 50, The Northern World, vol. 50, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 121-134.
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