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The Picts of Scotland

We thought we should bring you information on the Picts of Scotland with a series of good pdf books on the subject.  I have to say there is still some mystery about the Picts, who they were and how they came to Scotland. 

Here is the reading material we have found...

Annals of the Caledonians, Picts, and Scots
And of Strathclyde, Cumberland, Galloway, and Murray by Joseph Ritson, in two volumes (1828)

Chronicles of the Picts and Chronicles of the Scots
And other Early Memorial of Scottish History Edited by William F. Skene, LL.D. (1867) This publication was a Government initiative to collect all fragments of texts on the Picts to enable further research.

Critical Dissertions on the Origin, Antiquities, Language, Government, Manners and Religion of the Antient Caledonians, their Posterity the Picts, and the British and Irish Scots
by John MacPherson, D.D., Minister of Slate in the Isle of Skye (1862)

The Pictish Nation, Its People, its Church
By Archibald B. Scott

The Gael and Cymbri
Or an Inquiry into the Origin and History of the Irish Scoti, Britons, and Gauls, and of the Caledonians, Picts, Welsh, Cornish, and Bretons by William Betham, Ulster King of Arms. (1834)

The Phoencian Origin of Britons, Scots & Anglo-Saxons discovered by Phoencian & Sumerian Inscriptions in Britain, by PreRoman Briton Coins & a Mass of New History
By L. A. Waddell LL.D., C.B., C.I.E. (1924)

Keltic Researches: Studies in the History and Distribution of the Ancient Goidelic Language and Peoples
By Edward Williams Byron Nicholson, M.A. (1904)

Celtic Dialects; Gaelic, Brythonic, Pictish, and some Stirlingshire Place Names
Paper read before the Gaelic Society of Stirling, March 31st, 1903, by T. D. MacDonald (1903)

Place Names in Scotland

Place Names of Scotland
By James B. Johnston (1892)

Place Names Highlands & Islands of Scotland
By Alex MacBain (1922)

Place Names in Strathbogie
By James MacDonald (1891)

The Place Names of Argyll
By H. Cameron Gillies (1906)

The Place Names of Canisbay, Cathness
By John Mowat (1931)

The Place Names of Elginshire
By D. Matheson (1905)

The Place Names of Fife & Kinross
By W. J. N. Liddall (1896)

Place Names of Ross & Cromarty
By W. J. Watson (1904)

The Place Names of Stirlingshire
By Rev. James B. Johnston (1901)

Place Names of West Aberdeenshire
By James MacDonald (1899)

Place Names of Orkney

The Antiquities, Ecclesastical and Territorial of the Parishes of Scotland
In 2 volumes, edited by Cosmo Innes (1850)

Volume 1  |  Volume 2

When this Work was first projected, nothing more was proposed than to collect the earliest mention of each parish church, the dedication to its patron saint, the nature and tenure of the benefice, and its value as found in the ancient church taxations; the chapels, hospitals, and minor foundations within its territory. The recent printing of a great body of Chartularies—the registers and records of the ancient bishoprics and monasteries of Scotland—hitherto inaccessible, had induced the compiler to attempt a Parochial classification of the ecclesiastical antiquities and statistics which they contained. But in drawing from these sources, other matters often presented themselves of such utility and interest, that it was impossible to exclude them. There were proofs of the earliest settlements of laymen, instructive descriptions of old boundaries, traces of an aboriginal population disappearing, and of the rapid colonization of their successors, indications of the modes of living among all classes at a very early period. Such things could not be rejected in the account of a parish, and these, with notices of the descent of lands and fragments of territorial history, have extended the Work far beyond the original plan. But if this portion has thus swelled to an unexpected and perhaps inconvenient bulk, it must be remembered that some of the parishes of the present volume were of peculiar interest, and all or nearly all were in districts much illustrated by the Chartularies of Glasgow and Paisley, and of the great Abbeys of Teviotdale. There is little room to apprehend such fulness of illustration for most of the other districts of Scotland.


And here are a few books about the Druids...

The Veil of ISIS:
or Mysteries of the Druids by W. Winwood Reade

A New Edition of Toland's Hstory of the Druids:
With an Abstract of his Life and Writings and a Copius Appendix containing Notes Critical, Philological, and Expalatory. by H. Huddleston, Schoolmaster, Lunan (1914)

The Mythology and Rites of the Druids
Ascertained by National Documents and compared with the General Traditions and Customs of Heathenism, as Illustrated by the most eminebt Antiquaries of our age with an Appendix containing Ancient Poems and Extracts, with some remarks in Ancient British Coins by Edward Davies (1809)

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