Amy Eberlin

Thesis Title: Flemings in Scotland: An Analysis of Local Flemish-Scottish Relations from 1350 -1500.
Supervisor: Professor Roger Mason

Reflecting my past interests in localities and the interconnectedness of noble social networks, my thesis will engage with the ways in which Scottish and Flemish peoples and communities interacted within Scottish burghs from 1350 through the 1500s. A thematic approach that focuses on the multiplicity of ways in which these relationships formed and were perpetuated, from the wool and arms trades to diplomacy, will provide a much fuller picture of this late-medieval relationship. Questions such as “How Flemish culture was expressed in Scotland, the importance of trade to Scoto-Flemish relationships, and the influences of foreign relations between Scotland and Flanders on these local relationships” and others will guide this complex discussion. An important component of my research will be the compilation of a database of Flemish peoples mentioned within Scottish primary sources, during my period of study, and the lands or communities with which they were associated. This work endeavours to provide new insights into relationships between Scottish and immigrant communities, while also considering the impacts of Flemish culture and trade on Scottish burghs from 1350 through 1500.