Geoffrey Stell is a buildings historian with specialist interests in Scottish castles and fortifications. Born in Keighley, Yorkshire, in 1944, he is married, and has a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. He has been a resident of West Lothian since 1971.
He was trained as an historian at the Universities of Leeds and Glasgow between 1963 and 1969 when he joined the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) as an historic buildings investigator. From 1991 until his retirement in late 2004 he was Head of Architecture at RCAHMS, responsible for all architectural surveying and recording work. Since 2005 he has served as an historic buildings consultant, tutor and lecturer, his principal teaching commitment being a course on historic building analysis which he gives at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.
He is the author or editor of numerous books and essays on a wide range of subjects relating to Scottish building history. Principal single-, jointly-authored and/or -edited publications have included, in chronological order:
- Loads and Roads in Scotland (1984)
- Dumfries and Galloway (1986/1996)
- Monuments of Industry (1986)
- Buildings of St Kilda (1988)
- The Scottish Medieval Town (1988)
- Galloway, Land and Lordship (1991)
- Materials and Traditions in Scottish Building (1992)
- Scotlandís Buildings (2003)
- Lordship and Architecture in Medieval and Renaissance Scotland (2005)
- Castle Tioram: A Statement of Cultural Significance (2006)
- Orkney at War: Defending Scapa Flow, volume 1, World War I (2011)
CURRENT WORK AND FUTURE PLANS
He is currently focused on the completion of two works relating to Orkney's wartime remains:
- Ness Battery, Stromness: A Statement of Cultural Significance
- Orkney at War, Defending Scapa Flow, volume 2, World War II
His future plans include:
- Collaborative publication projects on urban historic architecture in Linlithgow and Edinburgh Old Town.
- Further development of an online database called BASE (Buildings Associated with Scots in Europe), which currently exists in draft test format at BASE.
A full list of Geoffrey Stell's publications, thematically arranged, can be found here
A chronologically arranged list can be found here.
Geoffrey Stell can be contacted by email here.