David Berry Prize

The Custom House at Greenock, Scotland, 1828, Robert Salmon, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public domain


The David Berry Prize is for the best published essay addressing an aspect of Scottish history. The winner is awarded a prize of £250. The Prize was endowed by David Anderson-Berry in memory of his father the Reverend David Berry. In 1937 the first David Berry Prize was awarded to G. Donaldson for his essay ‘The polity of the Scottish reformed Church c.1460-1580, and the rise of the Presbyterian movement’.

David Berry Prize Winner and Runners-Up, 2022

Congratulations to Dr Cameron Macleod whose article, ‘The Scottish Post-Union Copper Coinage of James VI: New Evidence’ (British Numismatic Journal, Vol. 91, 2021), receives this year’s David Berry Prize. The judges praised this:

erudite and cogently-argued article [which] provides an admirably detailed explanation of this material evidence and its value for reinterpreting the classic source for Scottish numismatical history.

Congratulations also to this year’s runners-up, Dr Eloise Grey and Dr Nathan Hood.


How to Enter the David Berry Prize, 2023

  • Candidates must be doctoral students in a historical subject in a UK institution, or be within two years of having a submitted a corrected thesis in a historical subject in a UK institution at the time of the closing date for entries.
  • The essay submitted must be a genuine work of research based on original (manuscript or printed) materials.
  • The article or essay must have been published in a journal or edited collection during the calendar year 2022 (for the 2023 prize round). Advanced access publisher versions are also eligible, but an item cannot be entered more than once in subsequent years.
  • Previous prize winners are not eligible to enter for the prize again.
  • Please note that an electronic copy of your essay will need to be uploaded to the entry form.

Timetable for submissions

  • Submissions for the 2023 Prize open: 1 September 2022. All submissions are via the RHS Prize Applications Portal.
  • Closing date for entries for the 2022 Prize: 31 December 2022.

All enquiries about the Prize should be addressed to the RHS. Please contact the Membership and Administration Officer at: membership@royalhistsoc.org.


A list of all past winners of the David Berry Prize is available here.