Scottish History

Few countries have a more varied or romantic history than Scotland. A country that the Romans failed to subdue, that has been populated with inhabitants that include Picts, Scots and Vikings, that fought to reassert its independence in the face of many invasion attempts by southern neighbours, and whose line of kings would eventually inherit the English throne.

A country who Columba made into the centre of Celtic Christianity and which was one of the earliest to embrace Lutheranism. A country that has produced a seemingly endless supply of great inventors, scientists and doctors. But one which has often seen its best people leave for foreign shores. Scottish history books are as varied and fascinating as the country itself.

A Gathering of Eagles

Maxwell Gordon

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Walter Bower

Extracts from the mediaeval chronicle of Scots history.

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Trevor Royle

Acclaimed military historian Trevor Royle examines Scotland's role in the Second World War.

Age of the Picts

W.A. Cummins

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An account of the dramatic changes which took place in the book trade during the 20th century.

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Calum Smith

Calum Smith's memoirs are a celebration of a Gaelic culture and society in the throes of great change.

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K T S Campbell

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Alistair Moffat

Covers the ancient pre-history from the end of the Ice Age to the beginning of the reign of Constantine II.

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Peter Aitchison

The tragic story of the country's worst ever fishing disaster.

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William Hamilton

A very readable version of the original book that made Wallace a legend.

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Dorothy H Crawford

An illustrated history of medicine in Edinburgh

Border Fury

John Sadler

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James Buchan

Edinburgh role as the centre of the Enlightenment

Cattle on a Thousand Hills

Katharine Stewart

An insightful, affectionate look at the often neglected role of cattle in shaping Highland life, from religious practices to cattle-raiding to cowboys.

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Donald Thomas

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David Cordingly

The inspiring story of one of the great military heroes of all time.

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Erskine Beveridge

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John Prebble

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James Hunter

The true story that inspired Stevenson's Kidnapped.

Death of a Chief

Douglas Watt

Mystery surrounds the murder of Sir Lachlan MacLean, an impoverished Highland laird.

Dryburgh Abbey

Richard Fawcett

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Camille Dressler

An account of the history of the island and its people from ancient times to the celebrated community buyout in 1997.

Farmers, Temples and Tombs

Gordon Barclay

Part of a newly updated edition of the acclaimed Making of Scotland series produced by Historic Scotland and Birlinn.

From Sea to Sea

Len Paterson

A history the major canals in Scotland including the Caledonian Canal, the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Crinan Canal.

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Jenni Calder

From the bagpipes that were heard on the walls of the Alamo, to the Gaelic speaking cowboys and the ubiquitous Highland fiddlers: there is scarcely an episode in American history in which Scots do not appear. Meet the Scots who tamed the Wild West.

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John Prebble

Greyfriars Bobby

Frances Jarvie

The story of the Skye terrier who refused to leave his master's grave in Greyfriar's Kirkyard, Edinburgh.

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Rob Gibson

In Search of Scotland

Gordon Menzies

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David Caldwell

A historical and cultural survey of the Island of Islay.

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James Hunter

An analysis of the ways that the Western Highlands and Islands have been governed throughout history and how their culture has been affected.

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Francis Thompson


Magnus Magnusson

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Catherine Hermary-Vieille

Story of James Hepburn, Lord of Bothwell, and his life from childhood to the betrayal by a spurned lover that leads to his imprisonment.

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Ian Walker

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Hamish Coghill

The story of some of Edinburgh's landmarks that have disappeared.

Luftwaffe Over Scotland

Les Taylor

A full analysis of the German bombing campaign against Scotland in WWII.

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Fiona Watson

An analysis of the real King Macbeth - very different from the Shakespearean political fictionalisation.

Medicine in Scotland

Helen Dingwall

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Alan MacQuarrie

Melrose Abbey

Richard Oram


John Buchan


Jo Currie

Nine Against the Unknown

Lewis Grassic Gibbon

A history of nine famous explorers - from Leif Ericsson, to Magellan to Mungo Park.

No More Corncraiks

Ann Mitchell

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Alison Morrison-Low

The book is published to celebrate the 200th anniversary, on 11 February 2011, of the world's oldest rock lighthouse, the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

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Caroline Wickham-Jones

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David Hatcher Childress

Queen of Scots

Rosalind Marshall

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John Macleod

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Colm McNamee

Robert Bruce

G.W.S. Barrow

Robert the Bruce

Fiona Watson

Robert the Bruce

Caroline Bingham

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David J Breeze

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John A Love


Michael Lynch

A classic single volume survey of Scottish history, used by students and laymen alike.


Graham Ritchie

Scotland and the British Empire

John M MacKenzie

Examines the key roles of Scots in central aspects of the Atlantic and imperial economies from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries

Scotland's Castles

C J Tabraham

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Fiona Watson

Scotland: A History

Jenny (Ed.) Wormald

A series of essays by academic historians on specific periods of Scottish history.

Scotland: Mapping the Nation

Chris Fleet

A history of Scotland told from the perspective of maps and map-making, beautifully illustrated throughout with full-colour plates.

Scotland: The Autobiography

Rosemary Goring

Scotland's history in the words of the people who were there at the time of the events.

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John Sadler

Scottish history has been shaped and defined by a series of great battles. From Mons Graupius to Culloden, this book shows how terrain and politics shaped the campaigns and decisive engagements.

Scottish History

Edward J Cowan

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Rosalind Marshall

Settlement and Sacrifice

Richard Hingley

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Alistair Findlay

A comprehensive documentary of Scotland's shale mining industry.

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Jim Hewitson

Some of the unlikely characters who turned their seafaring skills to more nefarious purposes.


John Marsden

St Giles'

Rosalind Marshall

A history of the High Kirk of St Giles

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Campbell McCutcheon

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Deborah Lake

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David J Breeze

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Donald Omand

The Border Line

Eric Robson

The Borders

Alistair Moffat

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Martin Coventry

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James Miller

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John Prebble

The Emperor's New Kilt

Jan-Andrew Henderson

The international image of the Scots is largely romantic invention when t should celebrate major contributions to the world.

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Alistair Moffat

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Trevor Royle

An exploration of how Scotland's role in the Great War caused massive changes in its economy and social fabric.

The Highland Clans

Alistair Moffat

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Emma Wood

The story of the hydro-electric schemes which were created in the Highlands in order to provide power to the region.

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David S Ross

The King's Jaunt

John Prebble

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Raymond Campbell Paterson

The Men of the North

Tim Clarkson

The New History of Orkney

William P L Thompson

The definitive history of the Orkney Isles. Now in a long awaited second edition.

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Margaret Macaulay

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Alistair Moffat

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Marcus Merriman

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Allan Massie

The Royal Stuarts ruled for over 300 years in Scotland and for a century as the Royal Family of Britain and Ireland.

The Scots

Alistair Moffat

A remarkable new piece of research that vividly uncovers Scotland's DNA Map.

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Rosemary Gibson

The Scottish Reformation

Gordon Donaldson

The Scottish Revolution 1637-44

David Stevenson

A history of the Scottish Covenanters from their army's famous victory in England before the English Civil War, and Scotland's precarious position afterwards.

The Sea Kingdoms

Alistair Moffat

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Denis Rixson

The Steel Bonnets

George MacDonald Fraser

The Stone

Nigel Tranter

The Story of Scotland

Nigel Tranter

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Mary McGrigor

James Wylie became one of the most celebrated doctors in Europe and the centre of two of the most fascinating and enduring conspiracy theories in Russian history.

The Vikings

Magnus Magnusson

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Julian D Richards

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Alistair Moffat

The construction and significance of Hadrian's Wall

Thomas Telford

L. T. C. Rolt

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T M Devine

A history of Scottish emigration.

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Fiona Watson

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John McGregor

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Rosalind Mitchison

Wild Harvesters

Bill Finlayson

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Andrew Fisher

William Wallace

Chris Brown

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James MacKay

The real history behind one of Scotland's most iconic heroes.

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David S Ross

Stories of Scottish women throughout history


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