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Online Scottish Books


This is a list of Scottish book sites where either I've discovered them while browsing or have been told about them by visitors to the site.  In this case these books have been scanned in so you actually load a picture of each page to read it.
  1. A tour through some of the islands of Orkney and Shetland ...
    Patrick Neill
  2. The Center for Retrospective Digitization, Göttingen State and University Library
    This is the center where the above book came from and has many other English texts of Scottish history. Thanks to Wolfgang Schlick for letting me know about this resource.
  3. Internet Archive
    The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages.
  4. Early Canadiana Online
    Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a digital library providing access to over 1,279,000 pages of Canada's printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century.
  5. Travels in the interior inhabited parts of North America in the years 1791 and 1792
    This is a book by Patrick Campbell about his travels in North America in the years 1791 and 1792. He was most interested in visiting Scots who had settled in this area to find out how they were doing and so his account is reckoned very accurate as to the economic situation at this point in history.
  6. The Battle of Moores Creek
    On the morning of February 27, 1776, Patriot militia at Moores Creek Bridge defeated a Loyalist army marching to rendezvous with a British force on the North Carolina coast. This early Patriot victory during the American Revolution helped delay a full-scale British invasion of the southern colonies for several years.
  7. Questia
    This is a site that carries online books and by clicking the link you'll get a list of Scottish History books that they carry.
  8. David Thompson's narrative of his explorations in Western America, 1784-1812
    Thompson, David, 1770-1857 ; edited by Tyrrell, Joseph Burr, 1858-1957
  9. Lord Selkirk's diary, 1803-1804
    A journal of his travels in British North America and the Northeastern United States.
  10. The Canadian journal of Lady Aberdeen, 1893-1898
    Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Gordon, Marchioness of, 1857-1939. Saywell, John, 1929.
  11. The journal of Alexander Henry the Younger, 1799-1814, Vol. I
    Henry, Alexander, 1739-1824. Gough, Barry M., 1938.
  12. The journal of Alexander Henry the Younger, 1799-1814, Vol. II
    Henry, Alexander, 1739-1824. Gough, Barry M., 1938.
  13. The Pioneer Exploration of Scotch Boy John Tod
    The life and times of John Tod, a pioneer fur trader and one of British Columbia's founding citizens.
  14. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
    Here you will find volumes 53 (1843) through to 94 (1863).
  15. Alexander Begg's Red River journal
    And other papers relative to the Red River resistance of 1869-1870
  16. Colin Robertson's correspondence book, September 1817 to 1822
    Containing accounts of his exploration of Western parts of Canada and the United States and includes interesting information on the Hudson Bay Company and its amalgamation with the North-West Company.
  17. An historical journal of the campaigns in North America for the years 1757, 1758, 1759 and 1760, Vol. I
    By Knox, John, d. 1778. Covering the battle for Quebec.
  18. An historical journal of the campaigns in North America for the years 1757, 1758, 1759 and 1760, Vol. II
    By Knox, John, d. 1778
  19. An historical journal of the campaigns in North America for the years 1757, 1758, 1759 and 1760, Vol. III - Appendix
    By Knox, John, d. 1778
  20. Customs of the American Indians compared with customs of primitive times, Vol I.
    Lafitau, Joseph François, 1681-1746.
  21. Customs of the American Indians compared with customs of primitive times, Vol. II.
    Lafitau, Joseph François, 1681-1746. Fenton, William Nelson, 1908
  22. Notes of a twenty-five year's service in the Hudson's Bay territories
    McLean, John, 1799-1890
  23. Part of dispatch from George Simpson Esqr, Governor of Ruperts Land to the Governor & committee of the Hudson's Bay Company, London, March 1, 1829 : continued and completed March 24 and June 5, 1829
    Simpson, George, Sir, 1786
  24. The diary of Simeon Perkins, 1766-1780
    Perkins, Simeon, 1735-1812 giving account of the history of Nova Scotia.
  25. The diary of Simeon Perkins, 1780-1789
    Perkins, Simeon, 1735-1812 giving account of the history of Nova Scotia.
  26. The diary of Simeon Perkins, 1790-1796
    Perkins, Simeon, 1735-1812 giving account of the history of Nova Scotia.
  27. The Hargrave correspondence, 1821-1843
    Hargrave, James, 1798-1865
  28. The journal of Major John Norton, 1816
    Norton, John including his accounts of travelling through Cherokee country.
  29. The letters of John McLoughlin, from Fort Vancouver to the Governor and Committee ; first series, 1825-38
    McLoughlin, John, 1784-1857. The story of the Hufson Bay's activities on the Pacific Coast.
  30. The letters of John McLoughlin, from Fort Vancouver to the Governor and Committee ; second series, 1839-44
    McLoughlin, John, 1784-1857
  31. The letters of John McLoughlin, from Fort Vancouver to the Governor and Committee ; third series, 1844-46
    McLoughlin, John, 1784-1857
  32. The letters of Letitia Hargrave
    MacLeod, Margaret Arnett, 1877-1966. Letters sent to her family in Scotland.
  33. The logs of the conquest of Canada
    Wood, William, 1864-1947 includes accounts of the seven years war and in particular the battles for Louisberg and Quebec.
  34. The town of York, 1793-1815: a collection of documents of early Toronto
    Firth, Edith G., 1927 The account of how Toronto came into being.
  35. The town of York, 1815-1834: a further collection of documents of early Toronto
    Firth, Edith G., 1927
  36. The Valley of the Trent
    Guillet, Edwin Clarence, 1898. Explores the settlements on Lake Ontario covering the Trent area.
  37. Chamber's Book of Days
    A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in connection with the Calendar.
  38. The Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, Volume I,
    The succession of Scottish ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation, by the Rev. Hew Scott, D.D.
  39. Chamber's Book of Days
    A miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, including anecdotes, biography & history, curiosities of literature and oddities of human life and character and all searchable on the site.
  40. The Historie of Scotland
    By Holinshed, Raphael, d. 1580
  41. British Agent
    by R. H. Bruce Lockhart. 1933. This is a first person account of times in Malaysia and Russia and an insiders account of WW! and the Lenin era.
  42. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia
    Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County 1745-1800 by Lyman Chalkley.
  43. Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill
    In 1832 they emigrated with their Scottish husbands to Canada, settling in the backwoods of what is now Ontario, near present-day Lakefield. They recorded and interpreted their experiences as pioneers in books.
  44. Cassell's Old and New Edinburgh
    by James Grant, was printed as a periodical in the 1880s and is now seen as a set of three or six volumes, and describes its history, its people, and its places by using anecdotal historical text with endless illustrations.
  45. The Canadian settler's guide
    By Catherine Parr Traill
  46. University of Guelph
    This is a collection of books that have been scanned in from the rare book department at the McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph under the Open-Access Text Archive project.
  47. Recollections of Marshal MacDonald
    French Marshal Etienne Macdonald was born in 1765 into an exiled Scottish family living in pre-revolutionary France.
  48. The MacKy Family in New Zealand
    An account of the MacKy or MacKay family with information on the name in history.
  49. Some sketches of the early highland pioneers of the County of Middlesex
    By Hugh McColl

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