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The Highlanders of Scotland
By William F. Skene, D.C.L. (1836)
Edited by Alexander MacBain, M.A., L.L.D. (1902)
[This book transcribed by Lora Cline for which many thanks]


Part I - The Highlands


Ptolemy's Map of Scotland

  • Chapter I
    The original Colonisation of Britain—The Picts and Caledonians proved to be the same People—The Dalriadic Scots an Irish Colony of the Sixth Century,

  • Chapter II
    The State of the Scottish Tribes in the year 731 —Their Territories— Internal Condition—Principles of Succession—Government,

  • Chapter III
    The Scottish Conquest—Its effects did not extend to the Northern Picts, but were confined exclusively to the Southern Picts, or Picts inhabiting the Lowlands—The Northern Picts were altogether unaffected by that Conquest, and remained in some degree independent of the Scottish dynasty, which then began to rule over the greater part of Scotland,

  • Chapter IV
    The Northern Picts called themselves Gael, spoke the Gaelic language, and were the real ancestors of the modern Highlanders,

  • Chapter V
    General History of the Highlands from the first Norwegian invasion of that district to the accession of Malcolm Kenmore, and to the termination of the Norwegian kingdom of the Highlands and Islands,

  • Chapter VI
    General History of the Highlands, from the accession of Malcolm Kenmore to the termination of the history of the Highlanders as a peculiar and distinct people, in the abolition of heritable jurisdictions and the introduction of sheep farming,

  • Chapter VII
    Constitution and Laws of the Highlanders—Clanship—Law of Succession—Law of Marriage, and Gradation of Ranks,

  • Chapter VIII
    Religion of the Highlanders—The Cuidee Church—Its Constitution and form of Government—Poetry----Ossian considered as an historical Poet—New proof of his authenticity—Music,

  • Chapter IX
    The Highland Dress—- Three Varieties of Dress worn previous to the Seventeenth Century; and their Antiquity—Arms and Armour—Character of the Highlanders,

  • Appendix
    The Seven Provinces of Scotland,

Part II - The Highland Clans

  • Chapter I
    Traditional Origins of the Highland Clans—History of Highland Tradition—Succession of false Traditions in the Highlands— Traces of the oldest and true Tradition to be found—Effect to be given to the old Manuscript Genealogies of the Highland Clans,

  • Chapter II

    • The Gallgael

      • Argyle

    • Siol Cuinn

      • Clan Rory, or Macrorys

  • Chapter III

    • Clan Donald, or Macdonnells

  • Chapter IV

    • Clan Donald, continued

    • Clan Dugall or Macdugalls

    • Siol Gillevray

      • Clan Neil or Macneils,

      • Clan Lachlan or Maclachlands,

      • Clan Ewen or Macewans

    • Siol Eachern

      • Clan Dugall Craignish or Campbells of Craignish

      • Clan Lamont or Lamonds,

  • Chapter V

    • Atholl -

    • Clan Donnachie or Robertsons

    • Clan Pharlane or Macfarlanes,

  • Chapter VI

    • Moray

      • Clan Chattan or MacPhersons

  • Chapter VII

    • Clan Cameron or Camerons

    • Clan Nachtan or MacNachtans

    • Clan Gille-eon or Macleans

    • Siol O'Cain

      • Clan Roich or Monros

      • Clan Gillemhaol or Macmillans,

  • Chapter VIII

    • Ross

      • Clan Anrias or Rosses

      • Clan Kenneth or Macjenzies

      • Clan Mathan or Mathiesons

      • Siol Alpine

        • Clan Gregor or Macgregors

        • Clan Grant or Grants

        • Clan Fingon or Mackinnons

        • Clan Anaba or Macnabs

        • Clan Duffie or Macphies

        • Clan Quarrie or Macquarries

        • Clan Aulay or Macauleys,

  • Chapter IX

    • Garmoran

      • Clan Leod or Macleods

      • Clan Campbell or Campbells

    • Caithness

      • Clan Morgan or Mackays

    • Ness

      • Clan Nical or Macnicols

    • Sutherland

    • Conclusion

  • Appendix

    • Stewarts

    • Menzies

    • Frasers

    • Chisholms

  • Excursus and Notes


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