Anglo-Saxon Plant-Name Survey
Second Annual Report, January 2001
One: Papers Read At The First Aspns Symposium
Three: Aspns Authors
Four: Aspns Advisers
The main event for ASPNS in 2000 was the First ASPNS Symposium, entitled
‘Early Mediaeval Plant Studies’. It was held from the 5th to the 7th April
in the University of Glasgow. The aim was to present a programme which
explored the multidisciplinary potential of the subject, introducing,
it was hoped, people from various disciplines to the contributions which
other disciplines could make to their research. It was also an opportunity
for ASPNS authors and advisors to meet each other again, or for the first
time. The papers represented the subjects of landscape studies, lexical
semantics, glossary studies, place-names, botany, art history, morphology,
archaeobotany, food plants, plant pharmacy, agriculture, poetry, lexicography,
and medical history. In addition, there was a demonstration of the use
of dye-plants. Contributors and their papers are listed in the appendix,
and a group photograph of happy faces can be seen on the ASPNS web-site.
attendees appeared to enjoy their experience, which was enhanced by an
evening in the Kibble Palace, Glasgow’s beautiful Victorian botanic glass-house,
in which the City of Glasgow kindly supplied wine and nibbles, and the
string quartet, 4Forte, supplied atmospheric music. A further reception
was kindly hosted by the Institute for the Historical Study of Language
in the University’s College Club. Finally, for those who could stay in
Glasgow a little longer, the last afternoon was spent on an excursion
to the magnificent Crarae Gardens, near Inveraray, where the group was
given a guided tour by Sir Ilay Campbell.
the reader thinks our first symposium was all frivolous entertainment,
I am currently working on an edited volume of the proceedings which, it
is hoped, will see the light of day later this year.
also presented an Anglo-Saxon plant session on the 12th July, at the International
Medieval Congress, University of Leeds. Dr Debby Banham spoke on the agricultural
year, Ms Noriko Unebe on seaweed, and I spoke on evergreens. I was also
kindly invited to give a lecture in the Oxford English Dictionary
Forum series at Kellogg College, Oxford on 15th June, where I described
the work of ASPNS, illustrated by the example of the juniper.
was publicised in three short articles by myself and Noriko Unebe, as
shown in the appendix. ASPNS would also like to officially welcome Prof.
P. Rusche, (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) as a new author, and the
following new advisers: Dr Q. Cronk (University of Edinburgh and the Royal
Botanic Garden, Edinburgh), Prof. C.J. Kay (University of Glasgow), and
Dr R. Mabey (independent scholar). Sadly, one of our advisers, Mr John
Field, died last year. His helpfulness, in spite of illness, is remembered
ASPNS web-site was updated with the Annual Report for 2000, the ‘List
of Plant-Names’, ‘Authors and Advisers’, and ‘Latest News’. The web-site
is now at a slightly different URL: http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/SESLL/EngLang/ihsl/projects/plants.htm.
for 2001 include the publication of the first ASPNS word-study which will
demonstrate the proposed methodology. The subject of the word-study will
be (not surprisingly) Old English æspe. It is also hoped
to make good progress on retrieving the Latin plant-names extant from
Anglo-Saxon England, thanks to a Visiting Fellowship awarded to me by
Clare Hall, Cambridge.
like to thank all those who have helped ASPNS in the past year, including
our advisers, the Department of English Language at the University of
Glasgow, and our umbrella institution, the Institute for the Historical
Study of Language.
Biggam, Director of ASPNS
Appendix One: Papers Read At The First Aspns
Debby. ‘Be Hlaf and Be Wyrtum: Food Plants in Anglo-Saxon Society
Peter. ‘Real and Not-So-Real Plant-Names in Old English Glosses’.
Carole. ‘The Aspen Tree in Early Mediaeval Times’.
Maria. ‘Anglo-Saxon Plant Pharmacy and the Latin Medical Tradition’.
Anthony. ‘Mediaeval Plant-Names in the Oxford English Dictionary’.
Ralph. ‘Criteria for Assessing the Native Status of British Plants: Some
Allan. ‘Picking Over the Traces: Exploring Early Mediaeval Plant Use Via
the Archaeological Record’.
Jane. ‘The Plant-Life of Early Christian Anglo-Saxon Art’.
Della. ‘Trees in the Landscape: Evidence from Anglo-Saxon Charters’.
Carole. ‘Place-Name Evidence for Anglo-Saxon Plant-Names’.
Andrea. ‘The Practical Art of Natural Dyeing’.
Susan. ‘An ‘Early Mediaeval’ Farming Experience at Bede’s World, Jarrow’.
Jennifer. ‘Leaves of Glass: Plant-Life in Old English Poetry’.
Cathair. ‘The Structure of Plant-Names in Irish’.
Philip. ‘Old English Plant-Names: the Evidence from Glossaries’.
Mats. ‘William Turner: the First English Plant-Name Scholar’.
Hans. ‘The Morphology of the Old English Plant-Names’.
Appendix Two: Publications
C.P., ‘The Anglo-Saxon Plant-Name Survey (ASPNS)’, Newsletter of the
Botanical Society of Scotland (BSS News) 74 (2000), 4-6.
C.P., ed., From Earth to Art: the Many Aspects of the Plant-World in
Proceedings of the First ASPNS Symposium, University of Glasgow, 5-7 April
Noriko, [article about ASPNS, in Japanese], MES Japan News 30 (1999),
Noriko, [article about IMC 2000, including the ASPNS session, in Japanese],
MES Japan News 32 (2000), 21-2.
Three: Aspns Authors
Dr D.A.R. (University of Cambridge)
Prof. P. (Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria)
Dr C.P. (University of Glasgow)
Prof. M.A. (University of Udine, Italy)
Dr D. (University of Birmingham)
Ms C. (University of Glasgow)
Prof. P. (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Ms N. (Tokyo Kasei Gakuin University)
Ms I. (University of Glasgow)
Four: Aspns Advisers
scholar): British herbal medicine (non Anglo-Saxon), botany.
of Cambridge): Anglo-Saxon medicine, diet and agricultural economy.
of Pamplona, Spain): Medieval Celtic languages, texts, and etymology.
of Sheffield): Middle English language and texts.
scholar): Old Norse language and texts.
of Cambridge): Dyeplants and archaeobotany
scholar): Health and medicine.
of Edinburgh and the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh): Botany.
of Udine, Italy): Latin and Greek medicine and plant- names, textual
of Glasgow): Botany
University of Belfast): Botany.
of York): Archaeobotany, especially dye-plants.
of York): Art history.
of Bristol): Science of dyes and dye-plants.
University): Archaeological theory, artefact studies.
of Birmingham): Historical landscape studies.
of Glasgow): Place-names.
of Oxford): Anglo-Latin language and texts.
of Glasgow): Semantics and lexicography.
scholar): 17th to 19th century plant-names, uses and folklore.
scholar): Plant pathology, crop plants.
of Glasgow): Scots Gaelic language and texts.
of Cork): Old English language and texts.
scholar): Arabic language.
of London): Old English language and texts.
Research in Archaeology): Textile technology.
of Uppsala, Sweden): Swedish and early Modern English plant- names.
of Munich, Germany): Old English semantics and etymology.
of Strathclyde): Pharmaceutical science, history of drugs.