Elizabeth Parker McLachlan

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Born1938; 86 years ago (1938)
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
  • Photographer
  • Professor
  • Writer
  • Editor

Elizabeth Parker McLachlan (born 1938) is an American photographer, professor, writer and editor, and expert on the Bury Bible, and on the depiction of liturgical vessels such as censers, and of the myrophores (Myrrhbearers) in medieval manuscript art.[1][2][3] She is a Professor Emerita of Art History at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. [4][5]


McLachlan completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1965.[6] Her thesis, titled The scriptorium of Bury St. Edmunds in the twelfth century, was published is in the book series by Garland Publishing|Garland of New York that reprinted outstanding PhD thesis|PhD theses from the Courtauld Institute of Art that would otherwise have remained unpublished. [6] An important contribution of Parker's thesis was to demonstrate using codicology and art historical analysis that the Edmund the Martyr|Life of St Edmund was a composite text.[7]

Photographs taken by McLachlan are held at the Courtauld's Conway Library of art and architecture, and are currently being digitised.[8]


McLachlan taught at the Rutgers University Art Department Summer Programme in Paris.[9] She is honorary associate of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence.[10]

McLachlan was a member of the Advisory Board of the Garland Library of Medieval Literature, serving as Art Advisor.[11] [12]

She was editor for and contributor to Medieval England: an Encyclopedia (1998).[13] The Encyclopedia includes contributions from more than 300 writers and has over 700 articles, and was first published in 1998, and reissued by Routledge in 2019.[14]

McLachlan was an early member of the Medieval Feminist Newsletter, joining for the second issue, now the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.[15]


  • McLachlan, Elizabeth Parker. The Scriptorium of Bury St Edmunds in the Twelfth Century, New York, Garland Publishing (1986). This book is recommended by Alison Ray as part of The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project, a collaborative project by the British Library and Bibliothèque nationale de France|Bibliothèque National De France.[16]
  • McLachlan, Elizabeth Parker. ‘Liturgical vessels and implements’, in Liturgy of the medieval church : Kalamazoo, The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages, published by the Medieval Institute of the Western Michigan University (2001)
  • St. Clair, Archer & McLachlan, Elizabeth Parker. The Carver's Art: Medieval Sculpture in Ivory, Bone, and Horn, Rutgers Univ Zimmerli Art Museum (September 1989)
  • McLachlan, Elizabeth Parker, 'In the Wake of the Bury Bible: Followers of Master Hugo at Bury St. Edmunds', in the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Vol. 42 (1979), pp. 216-224, published by The Warburg Institute, DOI: 10.2307/751094 [17]
  • McLachlan, Elizabeth Parker, Szarmach, Paul E, Tavormina, Teresa, Rosenthal, Joel, Karkov, Catherine and Lefferts, Peter, edited by, Medieval England: An Encyclopedia. [13]
  • McLachlan, Elizabeth Parker, Thurlby, Malcom and Little, Charles T., 'Romanesque Reassembled in England: A Review', Gesta 24, no.1 (1985), pp. 77-86 [18]

Personal life

Elizabeth Parker McLachlan was married to historian of education Professor James McLachlan, who passed away in 2015. [4]


  1. "McLachlan, Elizabeth Parker 1938-". WorldCat Identities.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "News and Notes from TEAMS: October 1996". www.calvin.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  3. Dugan, H. (2008-04-01). "Scent of a Woman: Performing the Politics of Smell in Late Medieval and Early Modern England". Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 38 (2): 250. doi:10.1215/10829636-2007-025. ISSN 1082-9636.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "James McLachlan, In Memoriam". Historians.org.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "James McLachlan, Obituary". News Observer.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 McLachlan, Elizabeth Parker (1986). The Scriptorium of Bury St Edmunds in the Twelfth Century. Garland.
  7. Gerry, Kathryn (2014). "Picturing Narrative and Promoting Cult". Matter of Faith: An Interdisciplinary Study of Relics and Relic Veneration in the Medieval Period (PDF). British Museum. p. 51.
  8. "Who made the Conway Library?". Digital Media. 2020-06-30. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  9. "Newsletter 1999". Arthistory.rutgers.edu.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Officers, Associates and Volunteers". Manuscript Evidence.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. Blodgett, E. D. The Romance of Flamenca.
  12. Latini, Holloway, Brunetto, Cynthia (1981). Il Tesoretto. New York: Garland Publishing.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Medieval England: an Encyclopedia. New York: Garland. 1998.
  14. McLachlan, Elizabeth Parker (2019). Medieval England,An Encyclopedia. Routledge.
  15. "Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality | Vol 2 | No. 1". ir.uiowa.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  16. "Medieval Monastic Libraries". The British Library. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  17. "Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institute".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. McLachlan, Thurlby, and Little, McLachlan, Elizabeth Parker, Malcom and Charles T. "Romanesque Reassembled in England: A Review". Jstor.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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