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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 Third Edition


THE foregoing Preface sufficiently indicates the original plan of the present work. The First Edition was received with much favour by the public, and a Second Edition was soon called for. It has been out of print for many years, and a Third Edition has now been prepared in response to numerous inquiries.

In the present Edition the general plan of the book has been adhered to, but has been considerably modified in detail. The "Roll of the Landislordis and Baillies," Roll of the Clans, etc., have been retained, the appended notes having been revised and corrected. The Lists of Badges and War Cries of the Clans have been revised and added to. Two documents have been added which afford much interesting information as to the state of the Highlands between 1715 and 1745, — General Wade’s Report of 1724 and an extract from a "Memorial anent the True State of the Highlands," attributed to Lord President Forbes. The Disarming Act of 1746 is again printed at length, as illustrating the policy by which the Government ultimately succeeded in breaking up the old militant clan system. The itineraries of Prince Charles and descriptions of his battles have been omitted, and their substance has been incorporated in a continuous narrative of the Highland campaigns, from the time of Montrose down to the end of the Forty-five, which now forms Part II. of the work.

The Maps and Plans have been revised, and a new Map, to illustrate the rising of 1715, has been added. The former Plan of the Battle of Culloden has been replaced by a new one, based on Home’s plan and description. A few illustrations have also been added. The portraits are reproduced from engravings kindly lent for the purpose by Mr James Bruce, W.S.

The historical narrative does not profess to be more than the brief recapitulation of an oft-told tale.


Both the authors are now dead. Mr T. B. Johnston, Geographer to the Queen for Scotland, died in 1897; Colonel James Alexander Robertson, sometime of the 82nd Regiment, died in 1874. He was a son of General William Robertson of Lude, and was the last representative of that ancient family. He was the author of Comitatus de Athplia, the Earldom of Atholl (privately printed, 1860); Concise Historical Proofs respecting the Gael of Alban (1865), and The Gaelic Topography of Scotland (1869).

December 1898.


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