Resources

History & Archaeology (Overview)

National Museums Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland

Canmore – Archaeological site records, archives etc

Highland Historic Environment Records – similar to Canmore but with a Highland focus

National Records of Scotland

Scotland’s People – National Records (birth, death, marriage etc), Censuses, Kirk Session Records, Presbyteries, Legal Records, Guides to the History of Scottish Surnames etc

Scottish Handwriting – online tutorials & help with reading old Scottish handwritten records etc, free at time of linking

SCAN: Scottish Archive Network – more digitised records, research tips etc

National Library of Scotland – digitised books, maps & films

Scotland’s Places – lets you search across Canmore, the National Library & National Records

SCRAN – online archives, galleries, photos etc

Charting the Nation – more online maps

Scottish Place-Name Society

Finds Hub is a useful tool for matching archaeological finds to locations – you can contribute through their “Task of the month” etc, & you can search the data they already have or view it on a map

North of Scotland Archaeological Society blog & YouTube channel (NOSAS)

The Urban Prehistorian Archaeology Blog

Stories of Scotland – an award winning history & culture podcast based in Scotland, hosted by archivist Annie & geologist Jenny

“Lake and crannog: A 2500-year palaeoenvironmental record of continuity and change in NE Scotland”

“Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework”

Good feature on St Kilda from NRS (This article from Secret Scotland is quite good too, but it works a bit like Wikipedia so always double-check the info)

Ogham in 3D – Ogham originated in Ireland & that’s where most examples of it can be found. However, there are some in Scotland as well so it’s useful to know about, especially since there’s unfortunately a lot of modern misinformation about it. If interested in this subject you can also have a listen to “Special: Trees and Ogham – When is a tree not a tree?”

The Making of Scotland Series for Historic Scotland, published by Birlinn – a great wee series of short, easy to understand books covering time periods from Scotland’s first people to the Highland Clearances

Before Scotland by Alistair Moffat – very detailed book on Scotland’s pre-history

Scotland Her Story edited by Rosemary Goring – shines a brilliant light on women’s stories throughout Scottish history that are all too often ignored

Celtic Place Names of Scotland by W J Watson (I have the 2004 edition with the Intro by Simon Taylor)

Warriors, Witches & Damn Rebel Bitches by Mairi Kidd – a great, often humorous, look at various historical & sometimes legendary Scottish women, giving short overviews of their lives followed by how we can learn from them today