As we now have many thousands of pages of
information on our site I felt an overview would be useful before you
embark on your investigations :-)
Essentially a large amount of material came
from on old encyclopaedia of the General History of the Highlands published
around 1870. To this over time we have added many antiquarian books
which we have sourced and have also received many articles from visitors
to the site. Over the years we've had to re-arrange things and add
sub menus to make the site more accessible. All of this means you need to
dig deep to find everything we have but hopefully our menu system will
help in this.
Information added to the site is not
verified by us simply because Electric Scotland is run by a single person,
myself, and so I simply do not have the time to verify everything we are
sent. I do try to ensure that all articles sent in to us have the
senders email address so if you have any queries you will be able to
contact them direct. When we add a book we don't try to second guess
the author and simply put up the book as is, spelling and all. We also ask
everyone if they have permission to send us material as we try our best to
ensure we don't breach anyone's copyright.
You will find a huge amount of historical
information on the site and if you can't immediately find it through the
menu system then do use our site search engine which you'll find at the
foot of every page on the site.
Click on the "Books and Articles about
Scotland" link and you'll be taken to a list of books that are available
to read online all of which provide amazing information. We're adding
books all the time and for example right now in June 2002 we are busy
adding "Rambles Round Glasgow", "Edinburgh and the Lothians", "Domestic
Annals of Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution", "The Northern
Highlands in the Nineteenth Century". We have other books ready to go up
once these are on the site. One such book is "Tales of the Borders and
Scotland" which is a 3 volume publication with over 500 stories. We only
recently completed "The Scots in North British America" which was a 3
volume set. So perhaps this will give you an idea of the depth of
information we provide and why it is well worth exploring the site.
We try here to give you a broad sweep of
history and post up interesting and readable accounts. We feel our target
market is not the committed historian but rather ordinary folks that are
just interested in learning more about the history of Scotland, Scots and
people of Scots descent. That said, as we do have a lot of history on the
site now we are becoming an excellent research resource for those doing
more serious research.
As a final note. History is always
being discovered so the information we post up here might eventually be
found to be incorrect and modern investigations might reveal new material.
We don't claim any particular accuracy but simply serve up material as we
get it. Hopefully of course the vast majority of material will be
accurate but it is as well to know that things can change.
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