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A History of Scotland, Civil and Ecclesiastical
From the Earliest Times to the Death of David I., 1153 by Duncan Keith (1886)


Preface

The object of the author in bringing this work before the public is to present in a popular form the history and state of the people of Scotland during a period little known to any but students of archaeology. Modern historians, with the exception of Dr Skene, have passed lightly over it, stating what is true enough, that there are no reliable facts to chronicle. But there is a growing love for the investigation of the mythological and legendary history of peoples other than the Hebrew, Greek and Roman, a feeling that present enigmas may be solved, and present duties enforced by such an investigation. The study of the mythology and legends of the peoples named, forms an integral part of the education even of the young: why should we neglect our own ancestors, the Celt and the Teuton? The boy is father to the manó if at the present day we receive with reverence or rapture the childish records of the great names in Literature and Art, why should we not treasure up all that remains of the forefathers who gave us the rude outline of our present institutions in Church and State?

While making free use of modern works, the author has taken his facts entirely from the earliest authorities, and has based his inferences on these facts and on these alone. He trusts that his readers will treat his work as an honest attempt to bring before them an important period in our National History, little known and less thought of.

Glasgow, 1886.


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