Scottish History Online
Historical & Family History Research
The Highland Council's website, in both English and Gaelic, helps visitors discover the history and culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. On the site, you can find photographs, illustrations, rare books and documents as well as short films, audio clips, interactive games and comics.
Bibliography of Scotland is a database of writing about Scotland, containing records for books, serials and major periodical articles. From 1976 to 1987 the records were published in a series of annual printed volumes, and the present database was established in 1988. It, therefore, records all material published later than 1987, together with items dated 1976 to 1987 which were processed after 1987. All pre-1976 works are excluded. The National Library of Scotland is currently working to convert records from the printed volumes into an online format.
This descriptive bibliography provides a full collation and pagination for each of the works of John Galt. It documents the existence of several previously unrecorded titles and gives the printing history of the titles in a way previously uncovered. The bibliography is aimed at the student of bibliography and printing history, book collectors, and people wanting to trace Galt’s reputation and popularity since the time of appearance of any given title, or his whole literary output.
The Charting the Nation image collection includes a wide variety of single maps and maps in atlases and other bound books, together with the important manuscript and printed texts relating to the geography and mapping of Scotland from 1550 to 1740 and beyond. The site contains invaluable source materials for the study of the history of cartography, architectural history, genealogy, military history, environmental history and archaeology, amongst many other disciplines. Over 3,500 high-resolution images are currently available.
The Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) comprises electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary (SND). Together these 22 volumes provide a comprehensive history of Scots, and a New Supplement now (2005) brings the record of the language up to date. These are therefore essential research tools for anyone interested in the history of either Scots or English language, and for historical or literary scholars whose sources are written in Scots or may contain Scots usages. These lexicographic resources are available to anyone with an interest in Scots language and culture. Its educational uses range from university research to help with the production of Scots materials for young children.
Resources and guides provided by the government of Canada for personal investigations into family history and genealogy.
Registrar of births, marriages and deaths for Scotland. Provides information for researchers and genealogists.
The Archives of Ontario provides access to both the private and government documentary records of Ontario. The Archives hold land and municipal records, wills and estate files, divorce records, newspapers, maps, and other genealogical research records including births, deaths, and marriage certificates.
This is a database of all known people of Scotland between 1093 and 1314 mentioned in over 8600 contemporary documents. The People of Medieval Scotland website is an outcome of three projects, The Paradox of Medieval Scotland (2007-2010) and The Breaking of Britain (2010-2013), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Transformation of Gaelic Scotland in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries (2013-2016), funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
This website provides access to census, baptismal, marriage, wills, testaments, and death records from the sixteenth century onwards.
The site provides access to the following key resources: The catalogues of nearly 50 Scottish Archives, the index to the wills of Scots from 1500-1875, a host of other invaluable resources relating to Scotland's written heritage including: exhibitions, bookshop, directory and research tools such as a glossary and tips on how to read Scottish handwriting.
This National Archives of Scotland website introduces the reader to palaeography (handwriting) from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Tutorials are aimed at introductory to intermediate learners.
The WISH website provides a location for documents, sources and biographies about Scottish women in history. It also provides a database of researchers and professors working in fields related to the history of women in Scotland, and a bibliography of books, articles and other material dealing with the history of women in Scotland.
This is an electronic resource for the history of witchcraft and witch-hunting in Scotland. It is in two parts: an interactive database, and supporting web pages.
The database contains all people known to have been accused of witchcraft in early modern Scotland—nearly 4,000 of them. There is information on where and when they were accused, how they were tried, what their fate was, and on a wide range of themes relating to social and cultural history. You can use the database to conduct all sorts of searches. For instance, you can find all known cases involving neighbourhood quarrels, or demonic possession, or fairies. You can find all the male or female witches. You can create graphs or maps showing how witchcraft cases were distributed; this is important because prosecutions tended to come in short bursts in particular localities.
There is also supporting material. An 'Introduction to Scottish witchcraft' explains some of the findings from the database and puts them in context. The 'Further Reading' section is also important; the database won't tell you everything on its own. However, it will tell you some things that you could find out in no other way.
This website contains thousands of oral recordings recorded in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards. The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information.