Jenny Wormald

Biography of Jenny Wormald

Jenny Wormald's matriculation slip, 1960-1961
Jenny Wormald's matriculation slip, 1960-1961

Jenny Wormald (born Jennifer Tannahill) graduated MA from the University of Glasgow in 1963. She was born in Glasgow on 18 January 1942, daughter of the astronomer Thomas Russell Tannahill and his wife Margaret. She was educated at Glasgow High School for Girls.

Wormald first matriculated at the University aged 17 in 1959 to study for a history degree. After graduating in 1963 she remained at Glasgow and embarked on a PhD in Scottish nobility, which was supervised by Alfred Lawson Brown. Her research then culminated into the publication of ‘Lords and Men in Scotland: Bonds of Manrent 1442-1603’ in 1985, in which she argued that Scotland was more well governed than Tudor England through analysing the relationships between lesser and greater nobles of the time. Wormald continued to teach at the University of Glasgow until 1985, when she moved to teach at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford until 2005.

A prominent historian, Wormald was elected Honorary Fellow in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh, as well as Honorary Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2015. She was also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and served as chairman of the Scottish Medievalists. She passed away in Edinburgh, 9 December 2015.


Jenny Wormald
Born 18 January 1942.
Died 5 December 2015.
University Link: Graduate, Lecturer
GU Degree: MA, 1963; History,
Occupation categories: historians; lecturers
Record last updated: 17th Nov 2016

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  • Lecturer

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