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Jenny Wormald

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Nationality  British
Occupation  Historian
Name  Jenny Wormald

Full Name  Jennifer Mary Tannahill
Born  18th January 1942Glasgow
Spouse(s)  A.L. Brown Patrick Wormald (div. 2001)
Children  3 sons, Andrew, Tom and Luke
Awards  Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Died  December 9, 2015, Portobello, United Kingdom
Books  Mary Queen of Scots: A Study in Failure, Lords and men in Scotland, Court, kirk and community, Maria Stuart
Employer  University of Glasgow, St Hilda's College, Oxford, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh

Jenny Wormald, HonFSA Scot (18 January 1942 – 9 December 2015) was a Scottish historian who studied late medieval and early modern Scotland.


Early life and education

Jennifer Tannahill was born in Glasgow in 1942, the daughter of the well loved General Practitioner Dr. Thomas Tannahill, and his wife Margaret, (née Dunlop). Wormald read history at the University of Glasgow, where she completed a PhD thesis on the history of the late medieval Scottish nobility through analysis of a kind of document known as a bond of manrent.

Academic career

Wormald taught at the University of Glasgow between 1966 and 1985, and then St Hilda's College, University of Oxford, between 1985 and 2005. She held a variety of other posts in this time, including Fellow Librarian and Senior Tutor at St Hilda's.

Her most important research was on bloodfeud in early modern Scotland, particularly in her article "Bloodfeud, Kindred and Government in Early Modern Scotland", which was highly influential. Wormald also produced a study of the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. She was most recently an Honorary Fellow in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Wormald was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland on 30 November 2015.

Personal life

In 1964, Wormald married A. L. Brown. As Brown was a devout Roman Catholic, she converted to Catholicism upon their marriage. They had one son and later divorced. She was then married to the historian Patrick Wormald from 1974 to 2001. Together, they had two sons. The marriage ended in divorce.


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    Jenny Wormald Wikipedia