We now have a Scottish History Forum in our Electric Scotland Community.
I’m often asked what would be useful to read to get an overview of Scotland and Scottish history so here are my suggestions.
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 Scots Magazine.
A Short History of the Scottish People
By Donald MacMillan, M.A., D.D. (pdf)
A History of Scotland for Boys and Girls By H. E. Marshall
A History of Scotland
From its early beginnings through a series of documentary videos through to Scotland getting it’s devolved government.
A History of the Scottish People
By The Rev. Thomas Thomson with Introduction by Charles Annandale, M.A., LL.D. (1895)
A Short History of the British Commonwealth
By Ramsay Muir in two volumes.
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 Chambers 1874
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 pages each.
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.
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 to 1990.
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 antiquarian texts.
Clans and Families of Ireland and Scotland!
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 the Ulster-Scots.
Castles of Scotland
This is where we provide information on traditions and stories on Scottish Castles.
Two articles about the Picts.
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.
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 Rebellion.
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 information.
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 Europe.
Information on the Scottish Freemasons.
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 battles.
Sir William Wallace
The film Braveheart made him rather famous so here is a new account of this famous person.
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 world.
Tells 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 Old Scotland.
Banffshire Maritime Heritage Association
Learning of the Maritime history of Banffshire
Scottish History from the BBC
An interesting site which is certainly worth a visit.
Comparing the purchasing power of money in Great Britain from 1264 to 2002
A site that gives you the opportunity of comparing prices.
The History of Northumberland
The country just beneath Scotland
Scottish Records Society
Many volumes of old Scottish records
History and community of Lossiemouth
Other Pages of Historical Interest
Loads more great historical information here.
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