Rory MacLellan grew up in Wiltshire before studying ancient and medieval history at the University of Winchester, which was soon followed by an MLitt in medieval history at the University of St Andrews. He remained in St Andrews for a PhD in the same subject with a thesis on the Knights Hospitaller in Britain and Ireland, graduating in 2019.
Rory now works for Historic Royal Palaces as a postdoctoral researcher based at the Tower of London, researching the site’s medieval Jewish history for a project supported by the Rothschild Trust. He specialises in medieval religion and the crusades and has published on these topics in leading academic journals. He has also written for newspapers and history magazines. A book derived from his thesis, Donations to the Knights Hospitaller in Britain and Ireland, 1291-1400 (Routledge, 2021), came out this year.