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David Dumville

David Norman Dumville (born 5 May 1949) is a British medievalist and Celtic scholar. He was educated at Emmanuel College and the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; and received his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 1976. In 1974, he married Sally Lois Hannay, with whom he had one son. She died in 1989.

He is currently professor of history and palaeography at the University of Aberdeen and editor of the journal Anglo-Saxon. He has previously taught or held posts at Swansea University (Fellow, 1975–77), the University of Pennsylvania (assistant professor of English, 1977–78), the University of Cambridge, (lecturer in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, 1977–91; reader in early Mediaeval history and culture of British Isles, 1991–95; professor of palaeography and cultural history, 1995–2005), and University of California, Berkeley (1997). He was also a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (1995) and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (1996–97).


Dumville has produced numerous scholarly articles and books. He recently established a new scholarly journal for Anglo-Saxon studies, entitled Anglo-Saxon, which he edits with R. D. Fulk and Andrew Reynolds. It is published by the University of Aberdeen and the first issue appeared in Autumn 2007. He was a founding member of the Medieval Chronicle Society.

Selected publications

  • (with Kathryn Grabowski) Chronicles and Annals of Mediaeval Ireland & Wales, 1984
  • (with Michael Lapidge) The Annals of St Neots, 1985
  • The Historia Brittonum, 1985
  • Histories and Pseudo-Histories of the Insular Middle Ages, 1990
  • Alfred to Edgar, 1992
  • Liturgy and the Ecclesiastical History of Late Anglo-Saxon England, 1992
  • Britons and Anglo-Saxons in the Early Middle Ages, 1993
  • English Caroline Script and Monastic History, 1993
  • Saint Patrick, 1993
  • The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, 1995
  • The Churches of North Britain in the First Viking Age, 1997
  • "Three Men in a Boat" (inaugural lecture), 1997
  • Councils and Synods of the Gaelic Early and Central Middle Ages, 1997
  • A Palaeographer's Review, vol. 1 1999, vol. 2 2003
  • Saint David of Wales, 2001
  • Annales Cambriae, 2002
  • The Annals of Ulster, 2002
  • (with Pádraig Ó Néill) Cáin Adomnáin and Canones Adomnani, 2003

External links

  • University of Aberdeen staff profile
  • Biography on
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