Dr Elizabeth Gemmill

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Elizabeth was appointed in October 2006 as a University Lecturer in Local History in the Department for Continuing Education, and in 2010 as Director of the Department's Weekly Class Programme. She is a Fellow of Kellogg College. She was named in 2012 as ‘Most Acclaimed Lecturer’ in the Department for Continuing Education by Oxford University Student Union.


The main focus of Elizabeth's teaching is in medieval history, and she supervises graduate student theses and dissertations in later medieval local, social and economic history.    

Research interests

Elizabeth’s special interests are in medieval ecclesiastical patronage rights, the character of the diocesan clergy, prices of consumables, and valuations of property in medieval inquisitions. 



The Nobility and Ecclesiastical Patronage in Thirteenth-Century England (Boydell Press, 2013)

Aberdeen Guild Court Records, 1437- 1468 (Scottish History Society, 2005)

(with Nicholas Mayhew) Changing Values in Medieval Scotland: a Study of Prices, Money, and Weights and Measures (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Selected articles

'Prices from the Durham obedientiary account rolls, 1278-1367 in Money, Prices and Wages: Essays in Honour of Professor Nicholas Mayhew, eds Martin Allen and D'Maris Coffman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

(with Ben Dodds and Phillip Schofield) 'Durham grain prices, 1278-1515, Archaeologia Aeliana, 5th series, 39 (2011) 

'The earls and their clergy in the reign of Edward I', Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 88.i (2010)

'Ecclesiastical patronage of the laity in later medieval England', The Local Historian, 38.3 (2008)

'Town and region: the corn market in Aberdeen, c. 1398-c. 1468' in Agriculture and Rural Society after the Black Death: common themes and regional variations eds. Ben Dodds and Richard Britnell (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2008) 

(with Nicholas Mayhew), 'A market economy, 1100-1800' in  M. Lynch, E.P. Dennison, and D.Ditchburn, eds, Aberdeen before 1800: a new history (Tuckwell Press, 2002)

'The king's companions: the evidence of royal charter witness lists from the reign of Edward I', Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 83 (2001).

'Signs and symbols in medieval Scottish trade', Review of Scottish Culture, 13 (2000)

'The ecclesiastical patronage of the English earls during the reign of Edward I', in P.R. Coss and S.D. Lloyd, eds, Thirteenth-century England, III. Proceedings of the Newcastle upon Tyne Conference 1989, eds P.R. Coss and S.D. Lloyd (Boydell Press, 1991)