Oliver Padel

Oliver James Padel (born 31 October 1948) is an authority on the origin and meaning of place-names, currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic in the University of Cambridge [1] and Visiting Professor of Celtic at the University of the West of England.

He was born in 1948. He is the son of John Hunter Padel and his wife Hilda (nee Barlow), daughter of Sir Alan Barlow, 2nd Baronet and his wife Nora, (nee Darwin), through whom he is a great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin. His older sister is the poet Ruth Padel.

He was awarded an M.Litt. for his thesis on the inscriptions of Pictland by the University of Edinburgh in 1972. He was a founding member of staff of the Institute of Cornish Studies (in the Charles Thomas era), until around 1991, when he moved to Cambridge.

He is President of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland,[2] and of the English Place-Name Society. He edits the Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall. He is a Member of Council of the Devon and Cornwall Record Society.[3]


Selected publications

Linguistic and literary studies

  • Arthur in medieval Welsh literature (Writers of Wales series); Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2000. ISBN 0708316824 (pbk) 0708316891 (hbk)
  • Cornish place-name elements ( English Place-Name Society series, v.56/57); Nottingham : English Place-Name Society, 1985. ISBN 0904889114 : No price
  • A popular dictionary of Cornish place-names; Penzance : A. Hodge, 1988. ISBN 090672015X

Editions, translations and other contributions

  • A commodity of good names: essays in honour of Margaret Gelling; edited by O.J. Padel and David N. Parsons. Donington, Lincolnshire : Shaun Tyas, 2008. ISBN 9781900289900 (hbk.)
  • The Cornish lands of the Arundells of Lanherne, fourteenth to sixteenth centuries / edited by H. S. A. Fox and O. J. Padel. (Devon and Cornwall Record Society. New series ; v. 41); Exeter : Devon and Cornwall Record Society, 2000. ISBN 0901853410 (pbk.)
  • The Cornish writings of the Boson family. Nicholas, Thomas and John Boson, of Newlyn: circa 1660 to 1730. Edited with translations and notes by O. J. Padel; Redruth: Institute of Cornish Studies, 1975. ISBN 0903686090
  • Domesday book / text and translation edited by John Morris. 10, Cornwall / edited by Caroline and Frank Thorn from a draft translation prepared by Oliver Padel (History from the sources series); Chichester : Phillimore, 1979. ISBN 0850331560 (hbk) 0850331552 (pbk)
  • Gascoyne, Joel A map of the county of Cornwall, 1699 ; reprinted in facsimile with an introduction by W. L. D. Ravenhill and O. J. Padel (Devon and Cornwall Record Society : new series ; vol. 34.); Exeter : Devon and Cornwall Record Society, 1991.
  • Padel, O J. Two new pre-conquest charters for Cornwall. Cornish Studies 6, 1979. pp20–27.
  • Royal Institution of Cornwall: Exhibition of manuscripts and printed books on the Cornish language (15th c.-1904). [Compiled by O. J. Padel.]; [Redruth:] Institute of Cornish Studies, 1975. Note: Arranged in association with the 5th International Congress of Celtic Studies, held at Penzance.
  • A medieval Cornish miscellany / W. M. M. Picken ; edited by O. J. Padel; Chichester : Phillimore, 2000. ISBN 1860770983
  • Thomas, Charles, (1928- ) A provisional list of imported pottery in post-Roman Western Britain & Ireland / Charles Thomas ; (with an appendix on Tintagel by O. J. Padel) (Special report ; no.7); Redruth : Institute of Cornish Studies, 1981. ISBN 0903686333

References and notes

  1. ^ Cambridge University directory of Research Staff.
  2. ^ Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland website
  3. ^ Genuki's account of the Devon and Cornwall Record Society

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