Andy Orchard

Andrew Philip McDowell Orchard FRSC FBA (born 27 February 1964) is a British academic in Old English, Norse and Celtic literature. He is Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. He was previously Provost of Trinity College, Toronto, from 2007 to 2013.

Andy Orchard

21st Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon
Assumed office
Preceded byMalcolm Godden
14th Provost of Trinity College, Toronto
In office
Preceded byMargaret MacMillan
Succeeded byMayo Moran
Personal details
Andrew Philip McDowell Orchard

(1964-02-27) 27 February 1964 (age 57)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Clare Brind
(m. 1991)
EducationUniversity College School
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge
Exeter College, Oxford

Early lifeEdit

Orchard was born on 27 February 1964 in North London, England.[1][2] He was educated at University College School, then an all-boys independent school in London.[3]

His undergraduate degree was undertaken at both Queens' College, Cambridge, where he read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from 1983, and Exeter College, Oxford, where he read English from 1985.[4] He graduated in 1987 Bachelor of Arts (BA), which was later promoted to Master of Arts (MA).[5] He then undertook postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge,[6] completing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1990.[7] His doctoral thesis was titled The poetic art of Aldhelm.[8]

Academic careerEdit

In 1990, Orchard was a fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He then returned to the University of Cambridge upon completion of his postgraduate degree. In 1991, he became a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and a lecturer in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.[1][6] He was served as Emmanuel College's Admissions Tutor for Arts.[9] In 1999, he was appointed Reader and Head of the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.[1][6]

In 2000, he moved to the University of Toronto where he took up the post of Professor of English and Medieval Studies.[9] In 2001, he became the Associate Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies and an Associate of Trinity College, Toronto.[7][9] He became a fellow of Trinity college in 2003,[7] and Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies in 2004.[9] He was appointed the 14th Provost of Trinity College, University of Toronto in 2007.[6]

In 2013, he moved to the University of Oxford to take up the post of Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and became a fellow of Pembroke College.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1991, Orchard married his wife Clare Brind in Oxford.[1][10][11] Together they have two children.[12]


Orchard was awarded the Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching from the University of Cambridge in 1998.[6] In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC).[13] On 16 July 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[14] In 2019 he delivered the British Academy's Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture.[15]


  • Orchard, Andy (1994). The poetic art of Aldhelm. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 052145090X.
  • —— (1995). Pride and prodigies: studies in the monsters of the Beowulf-manuscript. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. ISBN 0859914569.
  • —— (1996). Dictionary of Norse myth and legend. London: Cassell. ISBN 0304345202.
  • —— (2004). A critical companion to Beowulf. Cambridge: Brewer. ISBN 0859917665.
  • —— (2021). The Old English and Anglo-Latin Riddle Tradition. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. 69. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674055330.
  • —— (2021). A Commentary on "The Old English and Anglo-Latin Riddle Tradition". Supplements to the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks. ISBN 0884024776.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "ORCHARD, Prof. Andrew Philip McDowell". Who's Who 2014. A & C Black. November 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  2. ^ Andy Orchard, Cassel Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend (London, 1997).
  3. ^ "ORCHARD, Prof. Andrew Philip McDowell". Who's Who 2016. Oxford University Press. November 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  4. ^ Andy Orchard (trans.), The Elder Edda: Myths, Gods and Heroes from the Viking World (Penguin, 2013); Andy Orchard, 'In Praise of Women: St Hilda Rules', Trinity Alumni Magazine (Winter 2011), 2.
  5. ^ a b "Exonian to become Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon". Exeter College, Oxford. 29 July 2013. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e "U of T prof to take up post once held by J.R.R. Tolkien". CBC Radio. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Announcement re: Andy Orchard, Provost and Vice-Chancellor, Trinity College". Civil and Mineral Engineering. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b c d "Professor Andrew Orchard". Institute of Continuing Education. Archived from the original on 16 February 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Appointments – 30 May 2013". Times Higher Education. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Trinity College's Andy Orchard bound for Oxford". University of Toronto. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  12. ^ Bredin, Simon (1 April 2013). "Trinity provost departs for prestigious Oxford post". The Varsity. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  13. ^ Pickavé, Martin (11 September 2012). "Andy Orchard and Alison Keith New Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada". Centre for Medieval Studies. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  14. ^ "British Academy Fellowship reaches 1,000 as 42 new UK Fellows are welcomed". British Academy. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lectures". The British Academy. text
Academic offices
Preceded by
Margaret MacMillan
Provost of Trinity College, Toronto
Succeeded by
Mayo Moran
Preceded by
Malcolm Godden
Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon
University of Oxford