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The Scottish Gael
By James Logan (1831)
Celtic Manners as preserved among the Highlanders: Being an historical and descriptive account of the inhabitants, antiquities, and national preculiarities of Scotland; more particularly of the northern, or gaelic parts of the country, where the singular habits if the aboriginal Celts are most tenaciously retained.




IT is with the deepest gratitude for so distinguished an honor, that I presume to lay these Researches at Your Majesty's feet.

The Work relates to a people who have greatly contributed to raise the renown of Your Majesty's arms to the pre-eminence they have attained. The history and character of that people, therefore, deserve the attention of every Patriot; and your subjects, Sire, feel a just pride in being able to call your Majesty a PATRIOT KING.

That Your Majesty's reign may be long and happy, must be the ardent wish of every Briton; and I can say for my countrymen, in particular, that none are more devotedly attached to Your Majesty's Person and Family; and that no portion of Your Majesty's Subjects would more cheerfully venture their lives for the honor and defence of their beloved Sovereign, and for the support of the Constitution under which they enjoy so many blessings. For myself, I rejoice in being so highly favored as to be graciously permitted this public opportunity of expressing the profound respect with which

I am,
Most devoted and most humble Subject and Servant,

[Electric Scotland Note: I should note here that I was sent a text file of this book and I spent some 2 hours trying to establish where it had come from. I eventually found the site and have borrowed their pdf file of the book, a link to which is listed below, so you can see the illustrations in it. These versions come from the Internet Archive. I have taken the text file and done a split into the various chapters to make it a bit more readable for online readers. As I do have this publication myself in 2 volumes I have also added the colour plates to the appropriate pages of the text.]


  • Introduction
    Object of the present work and account of its formation with some notice of ancient historical annals, etc.
  • Chapter I
    Of the Celtic race, composing the various nations that formerly inhabited Europe
  • Chapter II
    Britain, the origin of its ancient inhabitants deduced
  • Chapter III
    Appearance of the country extent and productions of the Aboriginal forests.
  • Chapter IV
    Celtic population, persons and dispositions of the Celts, their military education and institutions, anecdotes of their bravery and heroism, exploits of the ancient caledonians and present Scots.
  • Chapter V
    Customs in war and military tactics
  • Chapter VI
    On the dress of the ancient Celts, and costume of the present Gael
  • Chapter VII
    Of the arms and military accoutrements of the Celts
  • Chapter VIII
    Of the architecture of the Celts
  • Chapter IX
    Of animals, and the manner of hunting
  • Chapter X
    Of the pastoral state and of agriculture
  • Chapter XI
    Of the food of the Celts, their cookery, liquors, medical knowledge, health, and longevity
  • Chapter XII
    Of the shipping, commerce, money, and manufacturers of the Celts
  • Chapter XIII
    Poetry and Music
  • Chapter XIV
    Religion, marriage ceremonies, and funeral rites
  • Chapter XV
    Of the knowledge of letters among the Celts
  • Appendix
  • See a pdf file or the original book complete with illustrations (77Mb)

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