Over the years Electric
Scotland has acquired many antiquarian books with the intention of
adding them to the site. However in very recent times we have seen
a start made by various libraries to scan in copies of their books.
Also, companies like Microsoft and Google are now busy scanning in books
from libraries around the world. We note that some of the books
that are appearing in Internet archives have been taken from ourselves
and we really don't mind that being done. The purpose of Electric
Scotland is to make a body of work available so people can learn about
the History of Scotland, the Scots and people and places of Scots
The files in here have
been downloaded from various sources and we have then optimised them for
the web. For example one book was 525Mb in size but after we
optimised it we got it down to 85Mb and so making it much easier to
download. Many of the books in here we have purchased ourselves but see
little point in duplicating work already done by others.
Each link goes to a web
page where we endeavour to provide an introduction to give you a better
opportunity to decide if you wish to download it. At the foot of each
page you'll find a link to download the book and information on the file
Here is a list of the
books that we've made available so far...
Dictionary of the Gaelic Language
Part I - Gaelic to English. Part II - English to Gaelic
A Highland Tour
Three weeks with Dr Candlish
Campbells of Argyll
A 150 page book about the Campbells of Argyll and
around the world.
A Volume of Verses
Some great poetry of Will Buchanan
Scot in America
A history of the Scottish race in America
The author of
"The Greatest Thing in the World", it went on to sell over 12
million copies and it continues today to influence people to follow
God's two great commandments: to love God and to love each other.
Out On The Pampas
This is a story of an English family that emigrated from England to
Argentina and settled on the Pampas. As we have books on the site
about Scots in Argentina it was felt that this book would provide
some interesting information on the process of settlement and in
fact near neighbours of this family were Scots.
and Glenmoriston in Olden Times
By William MacKay LL.D.
(1914). THE following pages are the result of much gathering, begun
during my school and college days, of the traditions and legends and
songs of my native Parish, and of much searching, in more recent
years, for written records referring to it. I have endeavoured to
give in them a plain and accurate account of the Olden Times, and a
true picture of the Past.
Scotch-Irish in New England
A short 55 page book by the Rev. A. L. Perry published in 1891.
War Diary of the Fifth Seaforth Highlanders
51st (Highland) Division
Great information of this Division during the 1st World War.
Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland
From the Twelfth to Eighteenth
Century in 5 volumes, by David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross (1887)
Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir
Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, containing an Historical and
Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, Edited by Sir
James Balfour Paul, Lord Lyon King of Arms with Armorial Illustrations.
of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart.
In 7 volumes published in 1837.
How to Learn Gaelic
By Alexander MacBain LL.D. and John Whyte
The Black Book of Taymouth and Other Papers
From the Breadalbane Charter Room (1855)
Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland
In 4 volumes by Billings
Gazetteer of the United States of
By John Hayward (1853)
Ancient Scottish Lake-Dwellings or Crannogs
By Robert Munro (1882)
The History of
In New Hampshire, a Scotch settlement embracing nearly one third of
the ancient settlement and historic township of Londonderry by
Leonard A. Morrison (1883)
This work consists of old lore
collected during the last forty-four years. It forms a small part of
a large mass of oral literature written down from the recital of men
and women throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, from
Arran to Caithness, from Perth to St. Kilda.
Topography of Great Britain
This is a 26 volume set which we felt was worth making available on
the site. Volumes 24, 25 and 26 are to do with Scotland but as the
Scots also were well travelled in England and Wales we thought it
worth making the whole set available.
John L. Stoddard's lectures
His volume on England and Scotland complete with many illustrations.
By George Chalmers
Ledger of Andrew Halyburton
Conservator of the Privileges of the Scotch Nation in the
Strays of Celtic Tradition
By Lord Archibald Campbell (1889) in 5 volumes
An Account of the System of Husbandry of
An account of farms and farming methods in Scotland (1813)
and the Lay of the Childen of Uisne, Orally Collected in the Island
of Barra and Literally Translated by Alexander Carmichael (1914)
St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland
Turgot, Bishop of St Andrews, translated from the Latin by William
Beauties of Scotland
Containing a clear
and full account of the agriculture, commerce, mines and
manufactures of the population, cities, towns and villages, &ct, of
each country. By Robert Foryth in 5 volumes printed in 1805.
first 3 volumes of some 150 available volumes.
of Civilisation in Scotland
Mackintosh in 4 volumes.
Chronicles and Memorials
authority of the Lord's of her Majesty's Treasury under the
direction of The Right Honourable The Lord Clerk-Register of
Here is a copy of Volume
1 of the Scots Magazine which was compiled in 1739.
Chronicle of Scotland
By John of Fordoun
The historie and life of
King James the Sext
account of the affairs of Scotland from the year 1566 to the year
1596; with a short continuation to the year 1617. [Edited by Thomas
The Compt Buik of David
This is the first book issued which contains
authentic details of the imports, exports, and home trade at a busy
Scottish seaport during the eventful period between 1587 and 1630.
It thus covers sixteen years before the Union of the Crowns, and
twenty-seven years after that event, in all, forty-three years of
Scottish mercantile life, in a time of political and national
We have been researching books about Dundee and the
surrounding area and on this page we show you some truly excellent
resources for research.
The Autobiography of a
By Thomas Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald,
G.C.B. Admiral of the Red, Rear Admiral of the Fleet (1861)
of the Celtic Character
or the Scotchman as he was and as he
should be in a series of letters to a young friend by William
Livingston (1850). This is an interesting book with some details on
early Scottish history that I haven't come across before.
Leabhar Nan Gleann -
The Book of the Glens: with Zimmer on Pictish matriarchy
Includes Matriarchy among the Picts by
Heinrich Zimmer, p. 1-42
The Celtic Who's Who
Names and Addresses of Workers who contribute to Celtic Literature,
Music or other Cultural Activities along with other Information
(1920). We felt this publication would be useful to researchers.
Roger, Playfair, Constable and Haldane of
Barmony by the Rev. Charles Rogers.
Monuments and Monumental
Inscriptions in Scotland
By Rev. Charles Rogers in 2 volumes
Scottish History Society
This society provides a huge amount of information on old records of
Contributions to its Folklore (1897)
The Earl of Stirling's Register of the
Relative to the affairs of Scotland and Nova Scotia from 1615 to
The History of the Western Highlands
and Isles of Scotland
From A.D. 1493 to 1625 with an Introductory Sketch from A.D. 85 to
1493 by Donald Gregory (1881)
A study of the
diet of the labouring classes in Edinburgh
carried out under the auspices of the town council of the city of
The Exchequer Rolls of Scotland
A selection of these rolls to illustrate their research potential.
Edited by J. R. N. MacPhail K.C. (1914)
Sibbald's History & Description of
Ancient and Modern 1707
Around 500 directories are available through most parts of Scotland
Annals of Scottish Printing
From the Introduction of the Art in 1507 to the beginning of the
seventeenth century by Robert Dickson L.R.C.S.E and John Philip
The Arniston Memoirs
Three centuries of a Scottish House 1571 - 1838, edited from Family
Papers by George W T Omand. Also on this page you will find the book
"Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville".
The Kingdom of Kippen
Its History and Traditions by William Crystal (1903)
Autobiography and Services of Sir James
Late Director-General of the Army Medical Department (1861
The Constable of France
And other Military Historiettes by James Grant (1866)
Register of the Privy Council of
Life of George Stephenson and his son Robert Stephenson
Comprising also a history of the
invention of the Railway Locomotive by Samuel Smiles (1868)
Annals of Hawick 1214 - 1814
With an Appendix containing Biographical Sketches and other illustrative
documents by James Wilson, Town Clerk of Hawick (1850)
The Life and Death of Jamie Fleeman
The Laird of Udny's Fool (1859)
The Scottish Historical Review
This is a series of volumes in which there are many interesting stories
of a Scottish nature.
An Account of the Behaviour of the Late Earl of
After his Sentence and and on the day of his Execution by James Foster
Cathie Parish Church Bazaar Book
Ochtertyre House Booke of Accomps 1787 - 1789
Edited by James Colville
The Botany of the Eastern Borders
With popular names and uses of the plants, and of the customs and
beliefs which have been associated with them by George Johnstone M.D.,
Early Travellers in Scotland
Edited by Hume Brown (1891)
Everyday Life in Prehistoric Times
Written and Illustrated by Marjorie & C. H. B. Quennell
Letters from the Mountains
Being the real correspondence of a Lady (Anne Grant) between the years
1773 and 1807 (1809)
It's Am Old
By Neil McCallum
Collection of epitaphs and monumental inscriptions, chiefly in Scotland
The Picture of
By Robert Chambers in two volumes (1818)
Hotch Potch and
By Sir Allan Arthur
The Life And Adventures
of Alexander Selkirk
By John Howell in 1829
By Edward Williams Byron Nocholson (1904)
A Description of the
Western Islands of Scotland
By M Martin (1716)
to his Kinfolk (second edition)
By Peter Morris M.D.
Selections from the
Family Papers of the MacKay's of Bighouse
Consisting mainly of letters addressed to John Campbell of Barcaldine,
some time one of the Government Factors on the Forfeited Estates after
St. Mary's Abbey, Melrose
The Monastery of Old Melrose and the Town and Parish of Melrose by
James A. Wade. (1861)
Chronicles relating to Scotland
A Rhind Lecture for 1912
East Neuk Chronicles
By William Skene (1905)