Papers of Donald Bullough

Scope and Content

An original 12th century text is part of this deposit (ms38535). It is a leaf taken from one of a group of patristic homiliaries intended for public reading, produced in the middle years of the 12th century in central Italy. It was probably originally in a Danish private collection which was broken up from the 1980s onwards.

The collection contains papers relating to the varied academic interests and pursuits of this distinguished academic from ca. 1973-2002. They include manuscript and typed research and bibliographical notes, notebooks, copies of articles and extracts from printed works, texts of articles and chapters, files of lectures and papers given, offprint publications by Bullough and others, publishing projects, correspondence with fellow academics, copy palaeographical texts, postcards, photographs and slides. They cover Bullough's academic specialism in topics of medieval history and also his personal interest in postcards and architecture. There are files on Italian topography, cities and urbanisation, town plans and cathedral sites as well as papers from an International Conference in honour of Donald Bullough on his 70th birthday, held in St Andrews in June 1998. This conference resulted in the publication of JMH Smith (ed.), Early medieval Rome and the Christian West : essays in honour of Donald A. Bullough (Leiden, 2000).

Bullough was an authority on Alcuin of York, an early medieval scholar, brought up and educated in the cathedral community of York. In 767 he became master of the cathedral school where he had a seminal influence on the young clerks, who included future archbishops. His fame spread and the Emperor Charlemagne invited him to join his court. Alcuin went on to fashion Charlemagne's educational and religious policy which had long-lasting effects on European culture.

Administrative / Biographical History

Donald Auberon Bullough (1928-2002) was Professor of Medieval History at the University of St Andrews from 1973-1991. He was educated at Newcastle under Lyme High School, then St John's College, Oxford (BA 1950, MA 1952). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1958, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1968 and Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of London in 1993. He did National Service from 1946-48, was Fereday Fellow of St John's, Oxford 1952-55, Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, 1955-66 and Professor of Medieval History at the University of Nottingham, 1966-73.

He was a visiting professor at various times in North America, Germany and New Zealand, and delivered many lectures around the world including the Raleigh Lectures, 1985. He was a Corresponding Fellow of Monumenta Germaniae Historica from 1983, Honorary Fellow of the British School at Rome and a Member of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1998. He held the rank of Major in the Royal Artillery (TA).

His major publications are: The Age of Charlemagne, (London, 1965), The Study of Medieval Records (edited with RL Storey), (Oxford, 1971), and Carolingian Renewal: Sources and Heritage (Manchester, 1991.)


To be listed.

Conditions Governing Access

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

ms38535 was purchased from Professor Bullough in 2002.


A library of books was also gifted to the University after the death of Donald Bullough. It is unclear without further examination whether there is also material relating to his administrative responsibilities within the Department of Medieval History and as Dean of Arts or to his other non-academic interests such as the work of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project Archivist.

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Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Custodial History

ms38583 was gifted to the University of St Andrews after the death of Professor Bullough in 2002.

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