Antiquarian Scottish Books in Adobe Reader format
Over the years Electric Scotland has acquired many antiquarian books with the intention of adding them to the site. However in very recent times we have seen a start made by various libraries to scan in copies of their books. Also, companies like Microsoft and Google are now busy scanning in books from libraries around the world. We note that some of the books that are appearing in Internet archives have been taken from ourselves and we really don’t mind that being done. The purpose of Electric Scotland is to make a body of work available so people can learn about the History of Scotland, the Scots and people and places of Scots descent.
The files in here have been downloaded from various sources and we have then optimised them for the web. For example one book was 525Mb in size but after we optimised it we got it down to 85Mb and so making it much easier to download. Many of the books in here we have purchased ourselves but see little point in duplicating work already done by others.
Each link goes to a web page where we endeavour to provide an introduction to give you a better opportunity to decide if you wish to download it. At the foot of each page you’ll find a link to download the book and information on the file size.
Here is a list of the books that we’ve made available so far…
- Dictionary of the Gaelic Language
Part I – Gaelic to English. Part II – English to Gaelic
- A Highland Tour
Three weeks with Dr Candlish
- Campbells of Argyll
A 150 page book about the Campbells of Argyll and around the world.
- A Volume of Verses
Some great poetry of Will Buchanan
- Scot in America
A history of the Scottish race in America
- Henry Drummond
The author of “The Greatest Thing in the World”, it went on to sell over 12 million copies and it continues today to influence people to follow God’s two great commandments: to love God and to love each other.
- Out On The Pampas
This is a story of an English family that emigrated from England to Argentina and settled on the Pampas. As we have books on the site about Scots in Argentina it was felt that this book would provide some interesting information on the process of settlement and in fact near neighbours of this family were Scots.
- Urquhart and Glenmoriston in Olden Times
By William MacKay LL.D. (1914). THE following pages are the result of much gathering, begun during my school and college days, of the traditions and legends and songs of my native Parish, and of much searching, in more recent years, for written records referring to it. I have endeavoured to give in them a plain and accurate account of the Olden Times, and a true picture of the Past.
- Scotch-Irish in New England
A short 55 page book by the Rev. A. L. Perry published in 1891.
- War Diary of the Fifth Seaforth Highlanders 51st (Highland) Division
Great information of this Division during the 1st World War.
- The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland
From the Twelfth to Eighteenth Century in 5 volumes, by David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross (1887)
- The Scots Peerage
Founded on Wood’s Edition of Sir Robert Douglas’s Peerage of Scotland, containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, Edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, Lord Lyon King of Arms with Armorial Illustrations.
- Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart.
In 7 volumes published in 1837.
- How to Learn Gaelic
By Alexander MacBain LL.D. and John Whyte
- The Black Book of Taymouth and Other Papers
From the Breadalbane Charter Room (1855)
- Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland
In 4 volumes by Billings
- Gazetteer of the United States of America
By John Hayward (1853)
- Ancient Scottish Lake-Dwellings or Crannogs
By Robert Munro (1882)
- The History of Windham
In New Hampshire, a Scotch settlement embracing nearly one third of the ancient settlement and historic township of Londonderry by Leonard A. Morrison (1883)
- Carmina Gadelica
This work consists of old lore collected during the last forty-four years. It forms a small part of a large mass of oral literature written down from the recital of men and women throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, from Arran to Caithness, from Perth to St. Kilda.
- Topography of Great Britain
This is a 26 volume set which we felt was worth making available on the site. Volumes 24, 25 and 26 are to do with Scotland but as the Scots also were well travelled in England and Wales we thought it worth making the whole set available.
- John L. Stoddard’s lectures
His volume on England and Scotland complete with many illustrations.
By George Chalmers
- Ledger of Andrew Halyburton
Conservator of the Privileges of the Scotch Nation in the Netherlands (1492-1503)
- Waifs and Strays of Celtic Tradition
By Lord Archibald Campbell (1889) in 5 volumes
- An Account of the System of Husbandry of Scotland
An account of farms and farming methods in Scotland (1813)
and the Lay of the Childen of Uisne, Orally Collected in the Island of Barra and Literally Translated by Alexander Carmichael (1914)
- Life of St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland
By Turgot, Bishop of St Andrews, translated from the Latin by William Forbes-Leith
- The Beauties of Scotland
Containing a clear and full account of the agriculture, commerce, mines and manufactures of the population, cities, towns and villages, &ct, of each country. By Robert Foryth in 5 volumes printed in 1805.
- Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine
Introducing the first 3 volumes of some 150 available volumes.
- History of Civilisation in Scotland
By John Mackintosh in 4 volumes.
- Series of Chronicles and Memorials
Published by authority of the Lord’s of her Majesty’s Treasury under the direction of The Right Honourable The Lord Clerk-Register of Scotland.
- The Scots Magazine
Here is a copy of Volume 1 of the Scots Magazine which was compiled in 1739.
- Chronicle of Scotland
By John of Fordoun
- The historie and life of King James the Sext
Being an account of the affairs of Scotland from the year 1566 to the year 1596; with a short continuation to the year 1617. [Edited by Thomas Thomson] (1825)
- The Compt Buik of David Wedderburne
This is the first book issued which contains authentic details of the imports, exports, and home trade at a busy Scottish seaport during the eventful period between 1587 and 1630. It thus covers sixteen years before the Union of the Crowns, and twenty-seven years after that event, in all, forty-three years of Scottish mercantile life, in a time of political and national transition.
- History of Dundee
We have been researching books about Dundee and the surrounding area and on this page we show you some truly excellent resources for research.
- The Autobiography of a Seaman
By Thomas Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, G.C.B. Admiral of the Red, Rear Admiral of the Fleet (1861)
- Vindication of the Celtic Character
or the Scotchman as he was and as he should be in a series of letters to a young friend by William Livingston (1850). This is an interesting book with some details on early Scottish history that I haven’t come across before.
- Leabhar Nan Gleann – The Book of the Glens: with Zimmer on Pictish matriarchy
Includes Matriarchy among the Picts by Heinrich Zimmer, p. 1-42
- The Celtic Who’s Who
Names and Addresses of Workers who contribute to Celtic Literature, Music or other Cultural Activities along with other Information (1920). We felt this publication would be useful to researchers.
- Four Perthshire Families
Roger, Playfair, Constable and Haldane of Barmony by the Rev. Charles Rogers.
- Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland
By Rev. Charles Rogers in 2 volumes (1871)
- Scottish History Society
This society provides a huge amount of information on old records of Scotland.
Contributions to its Folklore (1897)
- The Earl of Stirling’s Register of the Royal Letters
Relative to the affairs of Scotland and Nova Scotia from 1615 to 1635
- The History of the Western Highlands and Isles of Scotland
From A.D. 1493 to 1625 with an Introductory Sketch from A.D. 85 to 1493 by Donald Gregory (1881)
- A study of the diet of the labouring classes in Edinburgh
carried out under the auspices of the town council of the city of Edinburgh (1901)
- The Exchequer Rolls of Scotland
A selection of these rolls to illustrate their research potential.
- Stoddard’s Lectures
- Highland Papers
Edited by J. R. N. MacPhail K.C. (1914)
- Sibbald’s History & Description of Stirlingshire
Ancient and Modern 1707
- Scottish Directories
Around 500 directories are available through most parts of Scotland
- Annals of Scottish Printing
From the Introduction of the Art in 1507 to the beginning of the seventeenth century by Robert Dickson L.R.C.S.E and John Philip Edmund
- The Arniston Memoirs
Three centuries of a Scottish House 1571 – 1838, edited from Family Papers by George W T Omand. Also on this page you will find the book “Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville”.
- The Kingdom of Kippen
Its History and Traditions by William Crystal (1903)
- Autobiography and Services of Sir James McGrigor, Bart
Late Director-General of the Army Medical Department (1861
- The Constable of France
And other Military Historiettes by James Grant (1866)
- Register of the Privy Council of Scotland
- The Life of George Stephenson and his son Robert Stephenson
Comprising also a history of the invention of the Railway Locomotive by Samuel Smiles (1868)
- Annals of Hawick 1214 – 1814
With an Appendix containing Biographical Sketches and other illustrative documents by James Wilson, Town Clerk of Hawick (1850)
- The Life and Death of Jamie Fleeman
The Laird of Udny’s Fool (1859)
- The Scottish Historical Review
This is a series of volumes in which there are many interesting stories of a Scottish nature.
- An Account of the Behaviour of the Late Earl of Kilmarnock
After his Sentence and on the day of his Execution by James Foster (1746)
- Under Lochnagar
Cathie Parish Church Bazaar Book
- Ochtertyre House Booke of Accomps 1787 – 1789
Edited by James Colville
- The Botany of the Eastern Borders
With popular names and uses of the plants, and of the customs and beliefs which have been associated with them by George Johnstone M.D., Edinburgh (1853)
- Early Travellers in Scotland
Edited by Hume Brown (1891)
- Everyday Life in Prehistoric Times
Written and Illustrated by Marjorie & C. H. B. Quennell
- Letters from the Mountains
Being the real correspondence of a Lady (Anne Grant) between the years 1773 and 1807 (1809)
- It’s Am Old Scottish Custom
By Neil McCallum
- Collection of epitaphs and monumental inscriptions, chiefly in Scotland (1834)
- The Picture of Scotland
By Robert Chambers in two volumes (1818)
- Hotch Potch and Kedgeree
By Sir Allan Arthur
- The Life And Adventures of Alexander Selkirk
By John Howell in 1829
- Keltic Researches
By Edward Williams Byron Nocholson (1904)
- A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland
By M Martin (1716)
- Peter’s Letters to his Kinfolk (second edition)
By Peter Morris M.D.
- Selections from the Family Papers of the MacKay’s of Bighouse
Consisting mainly of letters addressed to John Campbell of Barcaldine, some time one of the Government Factors on the Forfeited Estates after the ’45.
- St. Mary’s Abbey, Melrose
The Monastery of Old Melrose and the Town and Parish of Melrose by James A. Wade. (1861)
- The Early Chronicles relating to Scotland
A Rhind Lecture for 1912
- East Neuk Chronicles
By William Skene (1905)
- The Past at our Doors or The Old in the New Around Us
By Walter W. Skeat, M.A. With numerous Illustrations. 1911.
- Scotland and the Commonwealth
Letters and Papers relating to the Military Government of Scotland, from August 1651 to December 1653. Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by C. H. Firth, M.A. (1895)
- Scotland and the Protectorate
Letters and Papers relating to the Military Government of Scotland from January 1654 to June 1659. Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by C. H. Firth, M.A. (1899)
- The Scottish Philosophy
Biographical, Expository, Critical from Hutcheson to Hamilton by James McCosh (1874)
- Chambers’s Information for the People
Edited by William and Robert Chambers (Fifth Edition) (1884)
- Descriptive Catalogue of Impressions from Ancient Scottish Seals
Of Impressions from Ancient Scottish Seals, Royal, Baronial, Ecclesiastical and Municipal embracing a period from AD 1194 to the Commonwealth taken from original charters and other deeds preserved in public and private archives by Henry Laing.
- Records of Argyll
Legends, Traditions, and Recollections of Argyllshire Highlanders collected chiefly from the Gaelic by Lord Archibald Campbell (1885)
- Songs and Hyms of the Gael
With Translations and Music, and an Introduction by L. MacBean (1900)
- A Voyage Round Scotland and the Isles
By James Wilson (1841)
- A Century of Scottish History
From the Days before the ’45 to those within Living Memory By Sir Henry Craik (1901)
- Dictionary of National Biography
TheDictionary of National Biography(or DNB) is a biographical reference for deceased persons notable in British history. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee
- Statistical Accounts of Scotland
The Old and the New.
- The Staggering State of Scottish Statesmen from 1550 to 1650
By Sir John Scot of Scotstarvet with a memoir of the author by the Rev. Charles Rogers, LL.D., F.S.A. Scot. Historiographer to the Historical Society. (1872)
- The Pictorial History of Scotland
From the Roman Invasion to the Close of the Jacobite Rebellion A.D. 79 to 1746 by James Taylor, D.D. in 2 volumes (1859)
- The Picts
Here we present some books about the Picts to help with research. I have also placed books on Places Names in Scotland on this page.
- Archaelogical Notes on Early Scotland
By W. G. Don
- Our Christmas Party
By Old Merry
- The Emigration of Highland Crofters
In a letter to the Lord Advocate by Rowland Hill MacDonald
- List of Works Relating to Scotland
Compiled by George F. Black (1916)
- The Highland Smugglers
In three volumes (1832)
- Historical Sketches of the Parish of Cambusnethan
By Rev. Peter Brown (1859)
- Legends of the Braes O’ Mar
By John Grant (1876)
- A Voyage Round the Coasts of Scotland and the Isles
By James Wilson in 2 volumes
- Our Christmas Party
By Old Merry
- The Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedea
The Original, Antiquated, and Natural Cusiosities of the South of Scotland containing Sketches of Eccentric Characters and Curious Facts, with Explanatins of Singular Words, Terms, and Phrases; interspersed with Poems, Tales, Anecdotes, etc., and various other strange matters; the whole illustrative of the Ways of the Peasantry and Manners of Caledonia drawn out and Alphabetically arranged by John MacTaggart (1824)
- The History of the Troubles and Memorable Transactions in Scotland 1624 to 1645
Containing an interesting Narrative of the Proceedings of the great Families in Scotland during that Period—Rising of the Highland Clans in Arms—Origin and Progress of the Covenanters, their Battles, Sieges, &c.—And many other remarkable Particulars of the Troubles in the North of Scotland, not contained in any other History of the Times. From the Original MS of John Spalding then Commissary Clerk of ABERDEEN in 2 volumes.
- The Spalding Club
Published scholarly editions of texts and archaeological studies relevant to the history of Aberdeenshire and its region
- Records of the Coinage of Scotland
From the Earliest Period to the Union collected by R. W. Cochran-Patrick of Woodside in 2 volumes (1925)
- Road that left home
A Romance of Plow-Land, With some passages from the Lives of Henry Nicol, Philosopher of Islay; Ernie Bedford, Pedagogue; Jim Dover, of the Everlasting Thirst; and Sioux Ben Sun Cloud, the Scotch -talking Indian; as well as Others, not excluding Charlie Tinker of the Continuous Speech and Ida Bethune of the Pale-green Smile; Jim is Dead by Will E. Ingersoll (1918)
- Wild Sports of the West
With Legendary Tales and Local Sketches in two volunes (1833)
- An Inquiry into the causes and effects of Emigration
From the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland with Observations of the Means to be Employed for Preventing it, By Alexander Irvine, Minister of Ranoch (1802)
- History of Abby Johnson Kendrick Robinson Gooch
A history of this Morman lady and her family
- Geographical Collections Relating to Scotland
Made by Walter MacFarlane in 3 volumes
- The History of the Ancient Scots
By The Rev. Duncan M’Callum (1858)
- Scotch Stories
Or The Chronicles of Keckleton by David Grant (1888)
- Scottish Guardian
Volume the Second January to December 1865
- Scottish Diaries and Memoirs 1550 – 1746
Arranged and Edited by J. G. Fyfe, M.A. (1927)
- Scottish Characteristics
By Paxton Hood (1883)
- Burt’s Letters from The North of Scotland
With Facsimiles of the Original Engravings with an Introduction by R. Jamieson and the History of Donald the Hammerer
- Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands
Recounting Highland & Clan History, Traditions, Ecclcsiology, Archaeology, Romance, Literature, Humour, Folk-Lore, etc. by M. E. M. Donaldson, Second Edition (1923)
- Scottish Toasts
By Ivor Ben McIvor
- Some Nineteenth Century Scotsmen
Being Personal Recollections by William Knight (1903)
- Remarks on Claims of Scotsmen Abroad
On the Christian Sympathy and Exertions of their Countrymen at home by William Rintoul (1826)
- Fragments of Scottish History (1798)
- The Tommiebeg shootings, or, A moor in Scotland
by Jeans, Thomas; Skelton, Percival, ill (1893)
- Brown’s Bookstall
A great collection of wee stories from 1897 edition
- Curiosities of A Scots Charta Chest 1600 – 1800
With the Travels and Memoranda of Sir Alexander Dick, Baronet of Prestonfield written by himself (1897)
- The Gentle Persuasion
Sketches of Scottsh Life by Alan Gray (1918)
- Cluny MacPherson
By Emelia E. Barr, A novel.
- The Native Steam-Boat Companion
Embracing the Names, Etymons, and Antiquities, of every object of note on the routes from Glasgow to Staffa, Iona, Skye, Fort William, Glenco, Glen Finan the Seat of Prince, C.E. Stuart’s Monument, Glen Albin, Inverness, &c. embodying a new and most minute Historical and Descriptive Account of I-Colm-Kill, or Iona by Lachlan MacLea (1845)
- The Life or Mansie Wauch
Tailir of Dalkeith (1828)
- Memoirs to His Majesty’s Treasury respecting a Geological Survey of Scotland By J. MacCulloch, (1836)
THE following “MEMOIRS” have been printed verbatim from the manuscripts of the late Mr. MacCulloch, without note or comment. His sudden and lamented death has prevented my remarking on certain of his opinions and statements; but these, it is hoped, will be received as he meant them to be, by such as are competent judges of the real errors and deficiencies in the unfortunate Map, that became so fertile a source of his indignation.
- Scottish History & Life
- The Stickett Minister
And some Common Men by S. R. Crockett (1908) (pdf)
- Winter Evening Tales
Collected among the Cottagers in the South of Scotland by James Hogg in 2 volumes (1820)
- Robert Milligan’s Difficulties
Or Struggle and Triumph, A Scotch Life Story by Rev. William Adamson, D.D. (1891)
- Lectures on the Mountains or the Highlands and Highlanders
As they were and as they are (1860) by William Grant Stewart
- The Highlands and Highlanders of Scotland
By James Cromb (1888)
- Scottish Short Stories
- Letters Chiefly connected with the Affairs of Scotland
From Henry Cockburn, Solicitor-General under Earl Grey’s Government (Afterwards Lord Cockburn) to Thomas Francis Kennedy, M.P. (afterwards The Right Hon. T. E. Kennedy), with other letters from Eminent Persons during the same period, 1818-1852. (1874)
- Scottish Pageant 1513-1625
Edited by Agnes Mure MacKenzie
- Enumeration of the Inhabitants of Scotland
Taken from the Government Abstracts of 1801, 1811, 1821;1831. These two interesting publications open our eyes to many interesting facts on social and business Scotland.
- An index, drawn up about the year 1629, of many records of charters, granted by the different sovereigns of Scotland between the years 1309 and 1413, most of which records have been long missing.
With an introduction, giving a state, founded on authentic documents still preserved, of the ancient records of Scotland, which were in that kingdom in the year 1292. To which is subjoined, indexes of the persons and places mentioned in those charters by Great Britain. General Register Office (Scotland) 1n; Robertson, William, (1798)
- The Runic Roods of Ruthwell and Bewcastle
With a short history of the Cross and Crucifix in Scotland by James King Hewison (1914)
- Traditional Tales of the English and Scottish Peasantry
By Allan Cunningham (1887)
- Wariston’s Diary and Other Papers
Diary of Sir Archibak Jonston, Lord Warison (1639); The Preservaion of the Honours of Scotland (1651-52); Lord MAr’s Legacies (1722-27); Letters concerning Highland Affairs in the 18th Centuary by Mrs. Grant of Laggan
- Miscellany of the Maitland Club
Consisting of Original Papers and Other Documents illustrative of the History and Literature of Scotland in 3 volumes.
- A Tour through the Highlands of Scotland and the Hebride Isles in 1786
By John Knox