Professor Patrick Sims-Williams

Celtic Languages and Literatures

Elected 1996

Linguistics, Medieval studies

Patrick Sims-Williams has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1996. His research is focused on ancient and medieval Celtic language, literature and history. From 1977 to 1993 he was a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, before becoming Professor of Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth University in 1994. He is the founding editor and publisher of ‘Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies’ (1981-), renamed ‘Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies’ in 1993, and also publishes its related book series: see Between 1998 and 2008 he served on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and he is the current President of the International Congress of Celtic Studies (since 2011). He directs the British Academy project ‘The Development of the Welsh Language/Datblygiad yr Iaith Gymraeg’ (2007-), and has directed eight other collaborative research projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2), the AHRC (4), and the Modern Humanities Research Association (2). His work has won the 1992 Sir Israel Gollancz Prize (British Academy), for Religion and Literature in Western England, 600-800; the 1999 Antiquity Prize, for the ‘Best Paper’ in 1998 (‘Genetics, Linguistics and Prehistory: Thinking Big and Thinking Straight’, ‘Antiquity’, 72 (1998), 505-27); the 2007 G. T. Clark Award (Cambrian Archaeological Association), for ‘The Celtic Inscriptions of Britain: Phonology and Chronology’, c. 400-1200; and the 2011 Vernam Hull Prize, for ‘Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature’.

Complete list of publications

Current post

Emeritus Professor of Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth University

Past appointments

Aberystwyth University Professor of Celtic Studies

Jan 1994 - Jan 2016

University of Cambridge Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, and Reader in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon

Jan 1977 - Dec 1993


Buchedd Beuno: The Middle Welsh Life of St Beuno, with a Short Grammar of Middle Welsh (2018).

Liber Coronacionis Britanorum: A Medieval Welsh Version of Geoffrey of Monmouth (2017)

Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature (2011)

A Corpus of Latin Inscriptions of the Roman Empire Containing Celtic Personal Names (2007-9)

Studies on Celtic Languages before the Year 1000 (2007)

Ancient Celtic Place-Names in Europe and Asia Minor (2006)

The Celtic Inscriptions of Britain: Phonology and Chronology, c. 400-1200 (2003)

Britain and Early Christian Europe: Studies in Early Medieval History and Culture (1995)

Religion and Literature in Western England, 600-800 (1990)

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