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Genealogy Books


Collins Guide to Scots Kith and Kin: A Guide to the Clans and Surnames of Scotland

Scots Kith and Kin is a comprehensive guide to over 4,000 Scottish family names and their clan affiliations. Whether you are an Abbott or a Yuill, this easy-to-use book will enable you to find:

  • where and when your surname originated
  • the clan to which you belong
  • the history of your clan
  • other surnames related to your own
  • the correct tartan to wear

It also features a fold-out colour map of Scotland showing the homelands of the clans and illustrating significant events in Scottish history.

Scottish Surnames & Families

Full of precise information regarding dates, places, personal titles, and lineages, Scottish Surnames & Families is indispensable for anyone of Scottish ancestry who wishes to know more of his or her family or related families. (For readers who wish to conduct genealogical research on their own, Whyte has appended a helpful essay.) In addition, all students of Celtic history, knowing what a crucial role family pride and power have always played in Scotland, will want this volume for their permanent library.

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry

Drawing on years of Kathleen Cory's experience as a genealogist, Tracing Your Scottish Ancestryis a practical, highly readable guide to researching Scottish roots. Packed with information and advice on basic research techniques, essential sources, heraldry, tartans and surnames, this comprehensive manual contains everything to help on your search and includes a step-by-step model to drawing up a family tree.

Ships from Scotland to America, 1628-1828

Designed specifically to identify immigrant vessels, this new work lists hundreds of ships that sailed from Scotland to North America between 1628 and 1828. As there are few official records of emigration for this period, the work is based primarily, though not exclusively, on contemporary newspapers published on both sides of the Atlantic. Newspapers are far and away the most fruitful sources of information, and notices announcing the departure of a particular ship "with passengers" were a regular feature of Scottish newspapers from the mid-eighteenth century onwards. While not exhaustive, this work contains the names and the ports and dates of departure and arrival of the majority of ships carrying emigrants from Scotland to America prior to 1828.

The History of Emigration from Scotland

Discusses the history of emigration from Scotland, detailing accounts of the migrants' experiences and emphasizing their positive input to new countries.

A History of Scotland

A History of Scotland shows how Duncan (1034-49) emerged from 'the union of the four peoples' as the first king of a united Scotland and provides detailed, reign-by-reign accounts from then on. Close consideration is given to the Wars of Independence, the Reformation and religious struggles, the union of the crowns under James VI and I, the 1707 Act of Union, the Jacobite risings and the 'reforms' of the Victorian era. Above all Professor Mackie reveals how the Scots long pursued an independent line--in religion, law, culture and foreign policy--that helped them keep at bay in turn the Romans, the French and the English. This second edition takes the story up to the political crisis of the 1970s--events that offered ample evidence both of Scotland's ability to adapt to the times and its 'continuing significance and vitality as a human community'.

Castles of Scotland

The castle is always seen as being a typically Scottish building type. The laird living in his castle is regarded as being as typical of Scotland as the squire in his manor house is of England. This still has a large element of truth in it, and Collins Gem Castles of Scotland is an accessible introduction to this fascinating aspect of Scottish history.

What Life Was Like Among Druids and High Kings: Celtic Ireland AD 400 - 1200

Describes the mystical traditions and lifestyles in Ireland from the arrival of Patrick to the invasion of the Anglo-Normans. Includes little-known facts and details about the lifestyle of this early civilization and their society.