Dr Tom Turpie

Centre for History

tel: 07511 985 022

Available to talk to the media about

  • History
  • Medieval religion

In these languages

English, Scots


I am historian whose research concentrates on later medieval and early renaissance Scotland, its social, religious and political history.

Current research

  • Parish Churches in Medieval Scotland
  • Miracle stories

Selected publications


• Declaration of Arbroath. What it Meant Then and What it Means Now (Luath Press, 2020)
• Peter Klemen, Tom Turpie, Louise Turner and Thomas Rees, Historic Kilrenny, Anstruther Wester, Anstruther Easter and Cellardyke. Archaeology and Development (Glenrothes, Scottish Burgh Survey, 2017)
• Kind Neighbours. Scottish Saints and Society in the Later Middle Ages (Leiden: Brill, 2015)

Articles in journals

1. ‘Our friend in the north: the origins, evolution and appeal of the cult of St Duthac of Tain in late medieval Scotland’, Scottish Historical Review, 93.1 (2014), 1-28
2. ‘The many lives of St Duthac of Tain. Tracing the origins of a late medieval Scottish saint’, Northern Studies, 44 (2013), 3-20
3. ‘A Monk from Melrose? St Cuthbert and the Scots in the later middle ages, c. 1371-1560’, Innes Review, 62.1 (2011), 47-69