now have a Scottish History Forum in our Electric
I'm often asked what would be useful to read to
get an overview of Scotland and Scottish history so
here are my suggestions.
Books and Articles about Scotland
This is where we've sourced antiquarian books about
Scotland that give a more detailed look at areas and
aspects of Scotland and have transcribed them onto
the site for you to enjoy. Full books in here
include History of Stirlingshire, History of Leith
and A Summer in Skye, to name but a few.
Scotland - A Concise History
This is an excellent concise history of Scotland coming
from one of Scotland's most respected historians, James Halliday. 'A
masterly summary of our national story by an impeccable authority', The
A video history of Scotland
Produced by the BBC in 5 parts.
The Journal of Scottish Historical Studies
(formerly Scottish Economic and Social History) is published by
Edinburgh University Press on behalf of the Economic and Social History
Society of Scotland. It is a fully double-blind peer-reviewed outlet for
the best research in social, economic and cultural history, in
historical geography and anthropology, and in historical theory. It
includes regular research and review articles, news and book reviews,
and also has occasional interviews, symposia on key books, and
appreciations of incidents, sources and ideas in the writing of
A Short History of the Scottish
By Donald MacMillan, M.A., D.D. (pdf)
The History of Scotland
In 9 volumes + Index By Patrick Fraser Tytler (1828)
A History of Scotland for Boys and
Girls By H. E. Marshall
A History of the Scottish People
By The Rev. Thomas Thomson with Introduction by Charles Annandale, M.A., LL.D. (1895)
When Scotland Was Jewish
DNA Evidence, Archeology, Analysis of Migrations, and Public and Family
Records Show Twelfth Century Semitic Roots by Elizabeth Caldwell
Hirschman and Donald N. Yates (2006) (pdf)
The Highlands of Scotland in 1750
From Manuscript 104 in the King's Library, British Museum with an
Introduction by Andrew Lang (pdf)
Scotland's Work and Worth
An Epitome of Scotland's Story from Early Times to the Twentieth
Century, with a Survey of the Contributions of Scotsmen in Peace and in
War to the Growth of the British Empire and the Progress of the World by
Charles W. Thomson in two volumes (1909)
Collectanea de Rebus
Consisting of Original Papers and Documents relating to the History of
the Highlands and Islands of Scotland edited by the Iona Club
communicated by Donald Gregory, Esq. (pdf) For
list of Contents see a small pdf file here
Pickle the Spy
By Andrew Lang (third edition) (1897) (pdf)
Sketches of Noted Characters and of Fortunate and Unfortunate Families
in Different Shires of Scotland edited by J. Smith, M.A. (1847) (pdf)
A Short History of the British
By Ramsay Muir in two volumes.
A Magazine devoted to the study of the Past.
Leven and Melville Papers
Letters and State Papers chiefly addressed to George Earl of Melville,
Secretary of State for Scotland 1689 - 1691. THE Revolution of 1688 is
the most important event in the Civil History of Great Britain. (1843) (pdf)
Early Travellers in Scotland
By P Hume Brown (1891) (pdf)
A Revised Chronology of Scottish History 1005 - 1625
by Sir Archibald H. Dunbar, Bart. (1906)
Domestic Annals of Scotland
From the Reformation to the Revolution by Robert
Scott and Scotland
By Leitch Ritchie (1835) (pdf)
The Scottish Nation
Or the Surnames, Families, Literature, Honours and
Biographical History of The People of Scotland By
William Anderson, published 1863. 3 volumes of 750
History of the Scottish Nation
A very large account by the Rev.
J. A. Wylie of the history of the Scottish Nation.
This is an old historical text on Scotland in 3
The History of the Western
Highlands and Isles of Scotland
From A.D. 1493 to A.D. 1625, with a brief introductory sketch From A.D.
80 to A.D. 1493 By Donald Gregory, Joint Secretary to the Society of
Antiquaries of Scotland; Secretary to the Iona Club; Honorary Member of
the Ossianic Society of Glasgow; Honorary Member of the Society of
Antiquarist, Newcastle-on-Tyne; and Member of the Royal Society of
Antiquaries of the North at Copenhagen. (Second Edition) (1881)
The History and Chronicles of Scotland
Written in Latin by Hector Boece, Canon of Aberdeen and Translated by
John Bellenden, Archdean of Moray, and Canon of Ross in two volumes
General History of the Highlands
This is a huge and very detailed
history of the Highlands (not all of Scotland),
researched in the 1830's and updated in the 1870's.
Social History of the Highlands
From the same source as above
this is a compilation of information on weddings,
second site, and also takes you through the period
of the infamous Highland clearances.
Gaelic Literature & Music
Again from the same source as
above this gives you information on significant
Scottish literature, poetry and music.
The Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland
Containing Descriptions of their Scenery and Antiquities with an Account
of the Political History and Ancient Manners and of the Origin,
Language, Agriculture, Economy, Music, Present Condition of the People,
&c. Founded on a series of Annual Journeys between the years 1811 and
1821 and forming an Universal Guide to that Country in Letters to Sir
Walter Scott, Bart., by John MacCulloch, M.D., F.R.S., L.S., G.S. &c in
Four Volumes (1824)
Time Team Videos
Information on the Vikings.
Snippets from the Glasgow Herald
A variety of articles taken from the Glasgow Herald archives from 1800
Our attempt to provide information on Heraldry.
This section holds a variety of articles of various
lengths on historical topics which have been either
sent in by visitors to the site or culled from
Clans and Families of Ireland and
This is a significant
book by C. Thomas Cairney detailing where the Gaels
came from and how clans and families of Ireland and
Scotland fit into the overall picture.
The Ulster-Scots Society of America
Information on the Society and articles about
Castles of Scotland
This is where we provide information on traditions
and stories on Scottish Castles.
Two articles about the Picts.
containing a Summary of the Proceedings of the Directors of the Society
For extending the Fisheries and improving the Sea Coasts of Great
Britain since 25th March, 1788 and some thoughts on the present
Emigations from the Highlands by George Dempster, Esq., one of the
Directors, together with some Reflections intended to promote the
Success of the said Society by John Gray, Esq. (1800) (pdf)
Prince Charles Edward Stuart
A very detailed account of Bonnie
Prince Charlie's attempt at getting his father back
onto the throne of Great Britain. The 1745
Historic Places to go in Scotland
Gives you a listing of places and
castles of historic interest by region along with
small descriptions and quite a few pictures as well
as links to places where you'll find further
Significant and Famous Scots
This is a big menu of Scots that
made a difference. Most of the people listed have an
individual web pages about them.
Accounts of some of our famous
Scottish regiments and their formation during the
late 1700's which includes various battles in
America and Canada as well as in the West Indies and
Information on the Scottish Freemasons.
Law in Scotland
Legal texts and the Poor Law and other matters
The History of
the Royal Company of Archers
The Queens Body-Guard for Scotland by James Balfour Paul (1875) (pdf)
Strange Tales from Scotland
Ghosties and Goullies and Long
Legged Beasties. In other words some ghost stories,
fairy tales and other strange tales.
Accounts of some famous Scottish
Sir William Wallace
The film Braveheart made him
rather famous so here is a new account of this
Here we try to group articles and other material
about the Highland Clearances.
History of Sports in Scotland
Curling, Golf, Shinty, etc.
The Other 70%
This is a series of articles from Judith Lloyd about
the 70% of Scots that are not members of a clan.
Edinburgh's Pioneer Photographers
A video presentation.
We've all heard of them and this
is our attempt to tell you a bit about them. Our
thanks to Kelly d. for the research.
World History of Scottish Connections
This is where we store information on Scottish links
with the USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New
Zealand, Russia and Iceland. Lots of history and
biographies of Scots descendant.
The Working Life of an MSP
Read a weekly digest of the work of Linda Fabiani,
MSP for Central Scotland.
Baronets of Nova Scotia
Who are the
Baronets of Nova Scotia and how important are they.
This is where we highlight
Scottish societies and organisations around the
you all about Tartan day and how it came about.
Stories from the Scotsman
From time to time I find a grand wee story on the
Scotsman newspaper and add them in here.
Historic Picture Gallery
Here we provide pictures of scenes and items from
Banffshire Maritime Heritage Association
Learning of the Maritime history of Banffshire
Scottish History from the BBC
An interesting site which is certainly worth a
Comparing the purchasing power of money in Great
Britain from 1264 to 2002
A site that gives you the opportunity of
The History of Northumberland
The country just beneath Scotland
Scottish Records Society
Many volumes of old Scottish records
History and community of Lossiemouth
Videos by Tom Devine
Other Pages of Historical Interest
Loads more great historical
The History of Ancient Caledonia
From the Time of Saint Caldea, the Founder of Christianity giving an
Account of the first discoveries of Iron and Steel, the two sons of
"Mackay of the Law", the Building and Destruction of Troy, the Returning
pf the Royal Salves from the Eiege of Jerusalem, their departure from
Trials, Hardships, and Endurances till their Landing at Montrose. By
John MacLaren, Dunning (Second Edition) (1879) (pdf)
Scotland in Pagan Times
Scotland's Community Pages
Where we provide information on some of our visitors work.
Scotland as it was and as it is
By the Duke of Argyll (second edition) (1887) (pdf)
The Phoenician Origin Of Britons, Scots &
by Laurence Austine Waddell (1924)
A Political Survey of Britain
Being a series of Reflections on the Situation, Lands, Inhabitants,
Revenues, Colonies, and Commerce of this island and intended to show
that we have not as yet approached near the Summit of Improvement, but
that it will afford Employment to many Generations before they push to
their utmost Extent the natural Advantages of Great Britain. In two
volumes by John Campbell LL.D. (1774)
Calendar of the Stuart Papers
Belonging to His Majesty the King, preserved at Windsor Castle in seven
A History of the Highlands and the
With an extensive selection from the hitherto inedited Stuart Papers by
James Browne, LL.D., Advocate, a new edition with Numerous Illustrative
engravings in 4 volumes (1850)
Great Landowners of Great Britain and
A list of all owners of three thousand acres and upwards worth £3,000 a
year, also one thousand three hundred of two thousand acres and upwards
in England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales culled from the modern
also their colleges, clubs and services by John Bateman, F.R.G.S. (4th
edition) (1883) (pdf)
Works of James Houstoun, M.D.
Containing Memoirs of his Life and Travels in Asia, Africa, America, and
most parts of Europe, from the Year 1690, to the present Time (1753) (pdf)
The Union of 1707
Survey of Events by various writers with an introduction by P. Hume
Brown, M.A., LL.D. and the text of the Articles of Union (1907) (pdf)
The Whigs of Scotland or, the Last of the Stuarts
An historical romance of the Scottish Persecution in two volumes by
William Craig Brownlee (1833)
Other Pages of Historical Interest
Loads more great historical information here.
History and community of Lossiemouth
Greek Secrets Revealed
Hidden Scottish History Uncovered. Greek inscriptions in Scotland, with
a translation into English and some explanation of the background, Book
1, Edinburgh by Ian McHaffie (2022) (pdf)
A Vindication of the Government in
Scotland during the Reign of King Charels II
Against Mis-Representations made in several Scandalous Pamphlets to
which is added the method of Proceeding against Criminals, as also some
of the Phanaticl Convents as they were printed and published by
themselves in that Reign by Sir George MacKenzie, Late Lord Advocate,
there (1691) (pdf)
A Guide to Prehistoric
By Richard Feachem (1963) (pdf)
Outline of Scottish History
A.D. 81 to 1843 From Roman Times to the Disruption by W. M. MacKenzie,
M.A., FSA Scot (1916) (pdf)
Britain and the British Seas
By H. J. Mackinder, M.A. (1902) (pdf)
The Historie of Scotland
Wrytten first in Latin by the most reverend and worthy Jhone Leslie,
Bishop of Rosse and translated in Scottish by Father James Dalrymple,
edited by the Rev. Father E. G. Cody, O.S.B. (1596) in two volumes.
The History of Scotland
During the Reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI till the accession
to the Crown of England with a review of the Scottish History previous
to that period; by William Robertson, D. D. (1804) in three volumes.
Charters of the Abbey of Crosraguel
By F. C. Hunter Blair in two volumes (1886).
Constant instances occur in these papers of
the care which they devoted to farming, to the working of the coal-heughes,
to the cultivation of woods, orchards, gardens; to the development of
the fine arts, such as music and architecture; to philosophy, science,
theology, and other literary pursuits. Without doubt they did much to
keep alive in the hearts of the country people a knowledge of right and
wrong in very stormy times.
Banff and MacDuff History
By Stanley Bruce
A Selection of Scottish
Forfeited Estate Papers 1715; 1745
Edited from the Original Documents with Introduction and Appendices by
A. H. Millar, LL.D., FSA Scot. (1909)
Reports of the Manuscripts
Of the Earl of Eglinton, Sir J. Stirling Maxwell, Bart., C. S. H.
Drummond Moray, Esq., C.E. Weston Underwood, Esq., and G. Wingfield
Digby, Esq. (1885) (pdf)
A Catalogue of
the Publications of Scottish Historical and Kindred Clubs and Societies
And of the volumes relative to Scottish History issued by His Majesties
Stationery Office 1780–1908 Ву Charles Sanford Terry, M.A.,
Burnett-Fletcher Professor of History in the University of Aberdeen