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Historical Geography of the Clans of Scotland
By T. B. Johnston, F.R.G.S. and Colonel James A. Robertson
Preface to the First Edition


THE following publication was suggested by the frequent applications made to the Publishers for information as to the limits and positions of the districts occupied by the CLANS OF SCOTLAND, and as to the correct line of separation between the Highlands and the Lowlands. At first nothing more was intended than a reproduction of one of the old maps, which have now become scarce, but a little investigation showed that the best of them were very imperfect and inaccurate, and not worth reproducing. In these circumstances it was found necessary to commence the work from the beginning, taking as a basis the Acts of Parliament of 1587 and 1594, for the reason given in the note explanatory of the Map. After having produced the Map, it was thought that some interesting additions could be made to the publication by combining with it, in a convenient form, several articles connected with the Highlands not of easy access to the general public—such as the Roll of the Clans, Strength of the Highland Forces, their War Cries, Badges, etc. Having gone so far, it followed, almost as a matter of course, to introduce the last appearance of the Clans as an Army, when they rallied round the standard of the unfortunate Prince Charles, an interest in whose adventures, and those of his gallant followers, can never cease to be felt so long as the exquisite songs and ballads in which they are narrated maintain their place as "household words," not only in every house in this country, but also in every distant land in which the Scottish emigrant has found a home. This led to the Map of the Prince’s Wanderings, the Plans and Descriptions of his Battles, and, as a sequel, the Act of Parliament of 1746 for disarming the Highlands and restricting the Use of the Highland Dress.

It will thus be seen that the work is not in any sense a history of the Clans, although it is hoped that it may be found a useful companion to any history of Scotland, or of the Highlands.

August 1872.


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