I am aware a lot of
people that are interested in learning about Scotland do not have a huge
amount of time at their disposal to read even a fraction of what is
available. For this reason I'm often asked for suggestions as to
how they might make a start and so below I'm listing some books that
will get you started.
Its romantic scenes and historical associations in lay and legend, song
and story by Francis Watt M.A. and the Rev. Andrew Carter M.A.
Note: This book has generated more emails than any other book on
the site. All were most positive about it and I think we all enjoyed it
as each of the 114 chapters were posted up on the site. All of the
chapters are quite small so makes this an easy read to get you started
and does cover all of Scotland.
Scotland - A Concise History
This is an excellent concise history of Scotland coming from one of
Scotland's most respected historians, James Halliday. 'A masterly
summary of our national story by an impeccable authority', The Scots
This book was intended to be a basis for teaching Scottish history in
schools and is thus written in a way to impart all the important
highlights in as easy a fashion as possible.
History of the Scottish Highlands
We have added dates to the various sections to give you a kind of time
line so if you are looking for a time period it should help you to
identify it. You should also note that this is a history of the Scottish
Highlands and not the whole of Scotland so some famous Scottish events
might not be covered or at best only with passing reference.
This was actually the first publication I read when starting my own
exploration of Scottish history and have to say I enjoyed reading it
right from the first page. This publication spawned the Scottish
regiments and Scottish clans section of the site.
This page is displayed in two columns and the first 8 regiments listed
in both columns came from the above publication, General History of the
Scottish Highlands, and are quite detailed.
As Scots fought all over the world, in Europe, Russia, Asia, Middle East
and North and South America by reading these accounts you'll be amazed
at what they achieved. They also serve to show the fighting spirit of
Scottish Clans and Families
Here you may just wish to read about a clan or family that you have some
connection with. We have two main index pages that will provide a list
of names we have information on -
Information on other Scottish names.
For general reading to give you an idea on Scottish clans you may wish
to read a few of the major clan histories such as the ones on MacDonald,
Campbell, MacKenzie, and Fraser.
And so having read this
lot you should be well on your way to learning about Scottish history
and the people. From this point on you should follow what is of
particular interest to you on any aspect of history. You may wish to
make use of our Site Search
Engine to locate any specific texts.
There are eight specific
sections of the site where you can locate lots of information...
Over the years we have ocr'd hundreds of books onto the site about
places in Scotland, Biographies and lots of other topics. This page will
allow you to browse through all these books to find ones that interest
Here you will find over 300 articles which we've culled from various
historical magazines. This is likely a section you just want to
dip into when you have some time. They cover a whole range of topics all
with a Scottish theme but also covering countries where the Scots
emigrated to as well as topics like Charms and Amulets, clearing the
land in Canada, wee snippets on various clans and families and lots
With all the Burns Suppers around the world our famous Bard is a well
known poet and so here we provide a very substantial section about him.
Given that most of his writing was in the Scots Language most do have
problems understanding him. This being the case we'd also recommend
reading the book
Robert Burns which provides English translations of some of his more
This has become a major section of our site where we've explored where
Scots emigrated to and information about them and what they did for
their adopted countries and how they faired. Scots first travelled all
over Europe but also went further afield and then as the new world was
discovered many moved to North America and Australasia. We do have
complete books on Scots in places like Germany, Poland, Prussia, France,
Sweden, Russia, Canada, USA, etc. This also includes good information on
the Scots-Irish and even Scots in England.
We also have a lot of pictures from parts of Scotland which I took
myself. They are mostly arranged as a kind of story board which
means I've also added a wee bit of commentary to them.
Here I've added details on the various Scottish Council areas of
Scotland so that you can locate where each is along with road maps and
gazetteer entries for the major towns.
This section of the site details some of the history of each place in
John's Scottish Sing-Along
This page was put together by John Henderson an ex School Teacher in
Scotland who has now retired to Cyprus. He has listed some 127
famous Scottish songs and when you click on any of them a page comes up
with the words but each page also has a link which when clicked on will
sing the song to you. This way you not only get the words but also the
tune to which they are sung. Note also when you click on the song link
that will come up in a new window meaning you can listen to the song
while you read the words.
At the end of the day as
the site developed so did our interest in various aspects of Scottish
history and when a subject took our interest we made an effort to find
good information for the site. In this way we have developed good
sections on things like Religion, Education, Agriculture, Folk-Lore,
Sport. but also many others such as use of plants for medicine and
dying, social life of Scots, food and drink, poetry and stories, music,
law, medicine, etc. and while you can browse all our pages you
might wish to avail yourself of our Site Search Engine to find a
I hope this page will
have helped in your desire to know more about Scotland and the Scots.