Patrick Sims-Williams

Professor of Celtic Studies
MA (Cantab.), PhD (Birmingham), FBA Photograph of Patrick Sims-Williams.


Phone: +44 (0)1970 622137


Early Irish and Welsh language and literature, comparative Celtic philology, early medieval insular history. 

Professor Sims-Williams is editor of Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies.

Staff Publications

'Comparing the Distribution of Celtic Personal Names with that of Celtic Place-Names' in Celtic and Other Languages in Ancient Europe, ed.Juan Luis Garcia Alonso (Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca 2008) pp. 29-51.

'Kel'tomanija i Ket'toskepticizm' Neprikosnovennyj zapas [Moscow] 57,

'The Problem of Spirantization and Nasalization in Brittonic Celtic'  in Evidence and Counter-Evidence: Essays in Honour of Frederik Kortlandt, I, Baltic and Indo-European Linguistics ed. Alexander Lubolsky, Jos Sachaaeden and Jeroen Wiedenhof, Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics, 32 (Amsterdam and New York Rodopi, 2008) pp. 509-25.

'Early Inscriptions and their Language' and 'Later Inscriptions and the Use of Languages' in Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales,  ed. Peter Wakelin and Ralph A Griffiths (Aberystwyth: Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, 2008) pp. 102-3 & 116-7.

'Arysgrifau Cynnar a'u Hiaith' and 'Arysgrifau Diweddarach a'r Ieithoedd Arnynt' in Trysorau Cudd: Darganfod Treftradaeth Cymru ed. Peter Wakelin and Ralph A Griffiths (Aberystwyth: Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru, 2008) pp. 102-3 & 116 - 7.

The Geography of Celtic Personal Names in the Latin Inscriptions of the Roman Empire (Aberystwyth: CMCS, 2007), iv + 210 pp. (with Marilynne E. Raybould).

A Corpus of Latin Inscriptions of the Roman Empire Containing Celtic Personal Names (Aberystwyth: CMCS, 2007), ix + 283 pp. (with Marilynne E. Raybould).

‘Common Celtic, Gallo-Brittonic and Insular Celtic’, Gaulois et Celtique Continental, gol. Pierre-Yves Lambert & Georges-Jean Pinault (Geneva: Droz, 2007), pp. 309-54.

Studies on Celtic Languages before the Year 1000, (Aberystwyth: CMCS, 2007), ix + 253 pp.

The Iron House in Ireland, H. M. Chadwick Memorial Lectures, 16 (Cambridge, 2006), 31pp.

Ancient Celtic Place-Names in Europe and Asia Minor, Publications of the Philological Society, 39 (Oxford, 2006), xiii + 406tt., 69 maps.

‘Person-Switching in Celtic Panegyric: Figure or Fault?’, CSANA Year-Book, 3/4 (2005), 315-26.

‘Medieval Irish Literary Theory and Criticism: 1. Poetic Theory’, The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, II, The Middle Ages, ed. Alastair Minnis & Ian Johnson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), pp. 291-301 & 754-58.

‘A Recension of Boniface’s Letter to Eadburg about the Monk of Wenlock’s Vision’, Latin Learning and English Lore, I, ed. Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe & Andy Orchard (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), pp. 194-214.

New Approaches to Celtic Place-Names in Ptolemy’s Geography, ed. Javier de Hoz, Eugenio R. Luján, & Patrick Sims-Williams (Madrid: Ediciones Clásicas, 2005), 287pp.