Something Scottish

Ye may not yet be able to griddle a girdle scone or toss a caper, but ye can certainly ken more about the history of the Scots land and people if ye wish.

Scottish Family History

By David Moody

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This work advocates a broader, more searching approach to family history than mere genealogy. Based on the author's experience as a local history librarian in the East Lothian district of Scotland, he examines the Scottish family in relation to the great movements of local history, while providing instruction on the sources and techniques needed for successful family history research.

Trades, professions, religions, clans and surnames, migration and emigration, labor and industry, kin and community--all are dealt with in the intimate context of family history. So, too, are the conventional sources of genealogical data such as church records, memoirs, and government records. A manual for the researcher into family history, this is also a history of the family as it has developed in Scotland from the time of the clans to the present day. (From the publisher's description)

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Scotland: The Story of a Nation

By Magnus Magnusson

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"Offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive history of Scotland available, the author explains the roots of the original Scots, he examines how Scotland was shaped by the Roman, the Vikings, and the English, and presents colorful stories of battles, political intrigues, and presents a rich pageant of historical characters."

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Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots

By Ronald McNair Scott

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When medieval Scotland had been reduced to an English vassal state by Edward I, it was Robert the Bruce who united the Scots in rebellion and won Scotland's independence.

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In Search of Ancient Scotland: A Guide for the Independent Traveler

By Gerald Ruzicki

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In this friendly, lively book, the authors guide readers to more than 200 ancient monuments to uncover unsual features, legends and history. A descriptive timeline differentiates various eras from the Stone Age to the Renaissance. An index of sites facilitates finding them quickly. A glossary defines common historical, archaeological and Scottish terminology, and references suggest further reading. Sixteen color pages and numerous B&W photos supplement the text. From the publisher's description

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How the Scots Invented the Modern World

By Arthur Herman

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"Arthur Herman has charted a fascinating journey across the centuries of Scottish history. He lucidly summarizes the ideas, discoveries, and achievements that made this small country facing on the North Atlantic an inspiration and driving force in world history. Here is the untold story of how John Knox and the Church of Scotland laid the foundation for our modern idea of democracy; how the Scottish Enlightenment helped to inspire both the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution; and how thousands of Scottish immigrants left their homes to create the American frontier, the Australian outback, and the British Empire in India and Hong Kong." From the publisher's description

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Heritage of Scotland: A Cultural History of Scotland & Its People

By Nathaniel Harris

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A short and beautifully illustrated overview of Scotland. Includes sections on the country's history, geography and culture.

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Edinburgh: A Cultural and Literary History

By Donald Campbell

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Learn the history and legends behind the places and faces of Scotland's capital city.

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