Mr Shaun McGuinness

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Postgraduate Room 229, Main Arts, College Road, Bangor.


  1. My PhD research is concerned with the medieval bishops of Bangor, and their acta, 1092-1306.

    My first degree was in Law, LLB (Hons), and after qualifying as a solicitor, I practised as a lawyer for many years. However, my real passion has always been History, and in 2012 I completed a MA course (taught, with Medieval Latin) in Welsh History here at Bangor. The resulting MA dissertation combined Law and History, and was entitled ‘Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in Wales during the Age of the Princes c.1100 – c.1283.’ Shortly afterwards I was employed by the National Trust as a researcher for the EU/Welsh Government-funded ‘Princes of Gwynedd’ project.

    One of the aims of my PhD research is to produce a first edition of the bishops’ acta, with Latin transcriptions in full, along with English summaries, in the format of the 'English Episcopal Acta' series. To further my research, I have received two Ranulf Higden palaeographical scholarships, and in 2017 attended the Department of ASNC, University of Cambridge.

    I teach on the 'Princes to Tudors' and 'Europe in the High Middle Ages' modules, and in April 2019 was nominated for a teaching award.

    Supervisors: Professor Huw Pryce and Dr. Euryn Rhys Roberts.


Papers given:

’The Bishops of Bangor, and their Acta, 1092-1306’

Eighth Bangor Colloquium on Medieval Wales, 22-23 October 2016


‘The Medieval Bishops of Bangor (1092-1306) as Instruments of Diplomacy’

Power of the Bishop Conference, Cardiff University, 8-9 June 2017


’Cadwgan, Monk of Strata Florida, Abbot of Whitland, Bishop of Bangor, and Monk of Dore’

Hereford Cathedral, 21 March 2018


’The Bishops of Bangor, 1092-1306. Tested Loyalties. The Politics of Intrusion and Exile’

University of Cambridge, 27 April 2018


'The Medieval Bishops of Bangor. Tested Loyalties - Identity and Ethnicity'

Leeds International Medieval Congress, 3 July 2019


''By the Grace of God, Bishop of Bangor'. The Bishops of Bangor, and their Acta, 1092-1306.''

Ecclesiastical History Society, 6 November 2019.



Book Review:

’Maritime Wales in the Middle Ages’, Archaeologia Cambrensis, 2017, Volume 166, pp. 350-1.

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Postgraduate Room 229, Main Arts, College Road, Bangor.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2012 - MA , MA Welsh History , Bangor University
  • BA , LLB (Hons) Law
  • Professional , Solicitors Finals, York College of Law

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