Dr Iain MacInnes

UHI Centre for History
Burghfield House
IV25 3HN

Iain MacInnes
tel: +44 01847 889629

Available to talk to the media about

  • Medieval Scotland
  • Medieval Warfare
  • The Scottish Wars of Independence
  • Medieval Anglo-Scottish Relations
  • Chivalry

In the following languages



Dr MacInnes has taught at the UHI Centre for History for two and a half years, and is now Programme Leader for the Scottish History programme, as well as co-Programme Leader for the degree in Scottish History and Archaeology. He completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2008. It was entitled ‘Scotland at War: the conduct and behaviour of Scottish soldiers, 1332-1357.’  His thesis focused on the period of the Second Scottish War of Independence, looking in particular at the conduct and behaviour of soldiers during this period of conflict. He is currently working on developing this thesis for publication.

In between completion of his thesis and the start of his contract at UHI he did some research work for the AHRC-funded project ‘The Soldier in Later Medieval England’, based at the Universities of Reading and Southampton. This involved analysis of 15th century English records of garrisons and forces based in France during the second phase of the Hunderd Years' War.

Before his PhD studies he completed both my undergraduate and a taught Masters degree at the University of Glasgow.

Current research

Dr MacInnes is currently revising his thesis for publication. He is also working on several papers on such matters as the use of violence and execution in medieval Scotland, the expression of religion by medieval warriors, the fourteenth century Earl of Fife and the campaigns of Edward III in Scotland.

Research groups/interest

Member of the Scottish Medievalists

Selected publications

‘‘To subject the north of the country to his rule’: Edward III and the ‘Lochindorb chevauchée’ of 1336’, Northern Scotland (2012) (forthcoming).

‘Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Bruce? Balliol Scots and ‘English Scots’ during the Second Scottish War of Independence’, in England’s Wars 1272 – 1399: The Soldier Experience, ed. A. Bell and A. Curry (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2011) (forthcoming).

‘The English Occupation of Southern Scotland, 1334-1337’, in England and Scotland at War: New Perspectives, ed. A. King and D. Simpkin (Leiden: Brill, 2011) (forthcoming).

‘“A fine great company of good men, well armed and equipped”: Barbour's description of Scottish Arms and Armour in The Bruce’, in Battles and Bloodshed: Representations of War in the Middles Ages, ed. L. Bleach, K. Borrill and K. Närä (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011) (forthcoming).

‘Shock and Awe: The use of terror as a psychological weapon during the Bruce-Balliol Civil War, 1332-38’ in A. King and M. Penman, eds., England and Scotland in the Fourteenth Century: New Perspectives (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2007), pp 40-59.

Reviews include

Review of "Land, Law and People in Medieval Scotland". By Cynthia J. Neville. Pp. viii, 256. ISBN 9780748639588 (hbk). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010. £60.00.
Northern Scotland, 2 (2011), pp. 110-112.