We started scanning in books before there
was an Internet archive or Google even existed so we've been doing it for a long time
and we try to ensure this is a good resource for folk interested in
Scotland You might also wish to visit our
Council section of the site to get
further information on any of the Scottish Councils areas.
A journey to the Islands of Scotland A book by Samuel Johnson of his travels in 1773 from
Edinburgh to the Highlands and then over to the Western Isles and down to
Glasgow. This was at the time of the Highland clearances and is an
A Summer in Skye A great book done in the 1800's in which you'll read about the place and
the people and all about Second Site and Fairy Bridges and much else
Rothiemurchus Of all the districts overshadowed by the extensive Cairngorm range the
most magnificent, by universal consent, is Rothiemurchus. It is a region
entirely unique. There is nothing like it elsewhere.
The Story of Ferniehirst Castle The stronghold of the Kerr family and includes accounts about the families
Kerr, Home, Elliot, Maxwell, Rutherford, Scott, Swinton and Turnbull.
Guide to the Highlands and
Islands of Scotland Including Orkney and Zetland, descriptive of their scenery,
statistics, antiquities, and natural history and directions for
visiting the lowlands of Scotland with descriptive notices by George
Anderson and Peter Anderson of Inverness (1850)
Gairloch in North-West
Records, Traditions, Inhabitants and Natural History with a Guide to Gairloch
and Loch Maree and a Map and Illustrations" by John H. Dixon FSA Scot.
published in 1886.
The History of Blairgowrie
Town, Parish and District being an account of the Origin and
Progress of the Burgh from the Earliest Period with a description of
the Antiquities, Topography, Civil History, Ecclesiastical and
Parochial Records, Institutions, Public Works, Manufactures,
Legends, Sports, Statistics, and Biographical Sketches of Eminent
Persons, etc. by John A. R. MacDonald (1899)
Culross and Tulliallan
or Perthshire on Forth, its History and Antiquities with elucidation
on Scottish Life and Character from the Burgh and Kirk-Session
Records of that District by David Beveridge (1885) in two volumes.
History of the Island of Mull
Embracing Description, Geology, Climate, Flora, Fauna, Antiquities,
Folk Lore, Superstitions, Traditions, with an Account of its
Inhabitants together with a Narrative of Iona, The Sacred Isle by J.
P. MacLean (1923)
History of Montrose
Containing important particulars in relation to its Trade,
Manufactures, Commerce, Shipping, Antiquities, Eminent Men, Town
Houses of the Neighbouring Country Gentry in Former Years. &c. by
David Mitchell (1866)
The Scotsman in Canada Volumes
1 & 2 Volume 1 by Wilfred Campbell, LL.D. - Eastern Canada, including Nova Scotia,
Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. Volume 2 by
George Bryce, M.A., D.D., LL.D.
- Western Canada, including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British
Columbia, and portions of old Rupert's Land and the Indian
McGregors A Novel of an Ontario Pioneer
Family by Robert Laidlaw
of Peter Henry Bruce, Esq A Military Officer, in the
services of Prussia, Russia and Great Britain (1783) containing an account of his travels in
Germany, Russia, Tartary, Turkey, The West Indies, etc.
Among the Forrest Trees or How the Bushman Family got their Homes, by being a book of facts and
incidents of pioneering life in Upper Canada, arranged in the form of a
story, by Rev. Joseph H. Hilts (1888)
Historical Disquisition, Concerning the knowledge which the ancients
had of India and the progress of trade with that country prior to the
discovery of the passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope with an appendix
containing observations on the Civil Policy, the Laws and Judicial
Proceedings, the Arts, the Sciences, and Religious Institutions of the
Indians by William Roberson, D.D. (1822)
The Bruce Being the Metrical History of
Robert the Bruce King of Scots
Compiled A.D. 1375 by Master John Barbour Archdeacon of Aberdeen and
Translated by George Eyre-Todd (1907)
Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen Originally edited by Robert Chambers and then the new edition along
with the supplemental volume says by the Rev. Thos. Thomson. It was
published by Blackie and Son of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London in
Norman MacLeod, D.D. Minister of Barony Parish, Glasgow;
one of Her Majesty's Chaplains; Dean of The Chapel Royal; Dean of The Most
Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle.
By his brother The Rev.
Donald MacLeod, B.A. (1876).
Memoirs of a Highland Lady The Autobiography of Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus afterwards Mrs
Smith of Baltiboys 1797-1830. The Highland lady was a clanswoman
of the Rothiemurchus Grants, and is therefore of special interest to
American readers, since it was from that same branch of the ancient
Scottish family that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant claimed descent.
John Stuart Blackie By Anna M. Stoddart, 2 volumes, (1895).
Blackie was one of the best-known
Scotsmen of his time. Also included with this is "On Self-Culture - Intellectual, Physical, and Moral"
by John Stuart Blackie, 6th Edition, 1875.
John Ramsay of Kildalton By Freda Ramsay,
Being an Account of his
Life in Islay and including the Diary of his trip to
The Sailor Whom
England Feared Being the Story of John Paul Jones, Scotch
Naval Adventurer and Admiral in the American and Russian Fleets By M.
Mac Dermot Crawford
Grant of Rothiemurchus
A Memoir of the Services of Sir John Peter Grant, G.C.M.G., K.C.B.
Member of the Supreme Council of India during the Administration of
Lord Dalhousie and Lord Canning; Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal, and
Governor of Jamaica by Walter Scott Seton-Karr, Esq (1899)
Unto the Hills
By Brenda G. Macrow. A series of delightful short essays and descriptive
poems, each recapturing and crystallising some moment of supreme
happiness during holidays among the hills of Scotland.
Highlanders of Scotland By William F. Skene, D.C.L. (1836) and
Edited by Alexander MacBain, M.A., L.L.D. (1902). We have added this
book as in most histories of the Highland Clans reference is made to
it so we thought it would be useful to have a copy on the site.
Scotland This is a 6 volume publication which details all the villages and towns in
Scotland together with some of there history.
Being Accounts of the Braemar, Northern and Luss Meetings, by Sir
Iain Colquhoun, Bart., D.S.O. and Hugh Machell. With contributions by
John Macpherson and C. D. McCombie-Smith, and a Foreword by H. R. H.
The Princess Royal, The Duchess of Fife. (1927).
of the Club of True Highlanders 2 vols. A record of the Dress, arms, customs, arts and science; of the
Highlanders. Compiled from printed and MS records; and traditions; and
illustrated with etchings of Highland Relics, and the Keltic Vestiges
of Great Britain and Ireland. Author: North, C. N. McIntyre ( Charles
Niven McIntyre). (1881)
Scotland Painted by Sutton Palmer,
Described by A R Hope Moncrieff (1904)
The Scottish Gael by James Logan (1831) Celtic Manners as preserved among the Highlanders: Being an
historical and descriptive account of the inhabitants, antiquities,
and national preculiarities of Scotland; more particularly of the
northern, or gaelic parts of the country, where the singular habits
if the aboriginal Celts are most tenaciously retained. Note a .pdf file is also
available. (77Mb) These files are from the
Mountain Moor and Loch Illustrated by Pen and Pencil on the route of the West Highland
Railway with 230 illustrations (1894)
Globe Readers These are 5 books that were compiled by Professor Murison when he
was Master of English at The Grammar School in Aberdeen. They were
intended to teach the English language, spelling and grammar and
also to educate the children on nature, history, geography and
The Pipes of War A Records of Achievements of Pipers of Scottish and Overseas
Regiments during the War of 1914 - 1918. by Brevwt-Col. Sir Bruce
Seton, Bart. of Abercorn, C.B. and Pipe Major John Grant. (1920)
Engravings Illustrative of Scottish Character and Scenery by Sir Thomas Dick
Complete Scotland A comprehensive survey, based on the principle motor, walking, railway
and steamer routes. Historical section by J.D. Mackie, M.C., M.A.
Professor of Scottish History and Literature at the University of
Glasgow and geology and scenery by T.M. Finlay, M.A., D.Sc., F.R.S.E.,
University of Edinburgh.
The Fall of Canada
A Chapter in the History of the Seven Year's War by George M. Wrong
The Aberdeen Doctors A noteable
group of Scottish Theologians of the first Episcopal period, 1610 to
1638, and the bearing of their teaching on some questions of the
present time by D. MacMillan (1909).
Among the Wild Ngoni
Being some chapters in the history of the Livingstonia Mission in
British Central Africa by W. A. Elmslie, M.B., C.M., F.R.G.S.,
Medical Missionary with Introduction by The Right Hon. Lord Overtoun
To which is added certain Discources from a University City by
Andrew Kennedy Hutchison Boyd (1873)
Books that are Work in Progress
[These are books we are working on at
the moment. As we complete these books
they will be moved into the above section. Note also that when you
see (Coming Soon) that means we provide a contents page for you to view
but there are no links to the chapters as they are being worked on and
only when the book is complete on our end will we start to add the links
to the chapters. When you see (Being added to the site right now) this
means we have finished processing the book and are starting to activate
the links so you can read the chapters. Depending on the book we may add
a chapter a day or perhaps one a week.]
And Long Legends to Shorten the Way by Thomas Dick Lauder (1837) (Being added to
the site right now)
Arthur St. Clair
Governor of the Northwest Territory 1787 - 1802 by Rachel Marian Jarrold A.B. Mt. Holyoke College, 1906. (Being added to the site right now)
The Life of John Wilson
For Fifty Years Philanthropist and Scholar in the East by George Smith (1879) (Coming soon)
Detailed Accounts, Smaller
Books and Partial Books These are usually
small books of up to 40 pages or so. Sometimes we find a book where the
whole is not of interest but there is perhaps one chapter that provides
interesting information and so we extract that single chapter. We also
find old magazines that have been bound together to provide a years
worth of monthly editions and we extract what we consider to be
interesting articles from them.
Articles on Scottish History A collection of articles on Scottish historical themes from the
proceedings of the Society of Antiquarians of Scotland. Examples are
"Scottish Charms and Amulets" and "A tour through the Western Isles in
Second Shetland Truck System Report by Guthrie, William, 1835-1908 This file is 3.8Mb so you'll understand how large it is. It does give
a most interesting historical insight into life in Shetland in the
T. Tembaron By Frances Hodgson Burnett (Note: This is not a Scottish book but one
that my parents owned while in the Middle East and that I read nearly
40 years ago and it was good to find a copy after all those years.)
Is Ulster Right? A statement of the question at issue between Ulster and the
Nationalist party, and of the reasons - historical, political and
financial - why Ulster is justified in opposing home rule.
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