Kelly Kilpatrick’s principal area of research is the medieval place-names of Britain and Ireland. Following completion of her DPhil in medieval history at the University of Oxford in 2012, she moved to the School of English in the University of Nottingham, where she worked on a number of place-name projects and taught undergraduate courses in medieval literature. Kelly joined the Centre in August 2016 as a member of the ‘Flood and Flow, Llif a Llifogydd: Place-Names and the Changing Hydrology of River-Systems’ project, and is currently collecting and assembling the Welsh place-name data.
Kelly’s interests also include the literature, languages and artwork of the early medieval Insular world. In her personal research she investigates the functions and perceptions of place-names and landscapes in early medieval literatures and societies, and she is especially interested in the role of place-names in medieval hagiography and poetry. Kelly also examines the impact of belief (Christianity and folklore) on the place-names and landscapes of medieval Britain and Ireland. In her spare time, Kelly studies early medieval artwork, specifically sculpture and manuscript illumination, and she is currently investigating the multilingual inscriptions and iconography on the Hackness Cross in North Yorkshire. Kelly has also contributed research to a number of projects, such as the Oxford Woruldhord project (2010) and the Saxons in the Meon Valley project (2014). She is also a committee member of the Scottish Place-Name Society.
with Keith Briggs, A Dictionary of Suffolk Place-Names (Nottingham: English Place-Name Society and the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, 2016).
‘The Place-Names in Felix’s Vita Sancti Guthlaci’, Nottingham Medieval Studies, 58 (2015), 1–56.
‘Saxons in the Meon Valley: A Place-Name Survey’, web publication as part of the Saxons in the Meon Valley project (2014).
‘Hebridean Place-Names and Monastic Identity in the Vita Sancti Columbae’, Newsletter of the Scottish Place-Name Society, Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba, 35 (2013), 2–4.
‘Place-Names in a Hagiographical Tradition of St Brigit of Kildare: Analysis of Vita Prima and Bethu Brigte’, Ainm: A Journal of Name Studies, 11 (2012), 1–46.
‘The Iconography of the Papil Stone: Sculptural and Literary Comparisons with a Pictish Motif’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 141 (2011), 159–205.
‘A Case-Study of Nemeton Place-Names’, Ollodagos: Actes de la Société Belge d'Études Celtiques, 25 (2010), 1–113.