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An Comunn Gàidhealach

An Comunn Gàidhealach

Items from 1891 onwards published by An Comunn Gàidhealach, which organises the annual Royal National Mòd.

Antiquarian Books of Scotland

Antiquarian Books of Scotland

Books published after 1640, with a broad range of subjects and languages represented.

Chalmers' 'Caledonia'

Chalmers' 'Caledonia'

Five volumes about the counties of Scotland, published in 1887. Includes parish histories and a dictionary of places.

Gazetteers of Scotland, 1803-1901

Gazetteers of Scotland, 1803-1901

Browse and search 20 volumes of the most popular descriptive gazetteers of 19th-century Scotland, covering towns, counties, parishes, glens and more.

Histories of Scottish families

Histories of Scottish families

Clan histories, memoirs and histories of Scottish families, mostly published in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Hutton drawings

Hutton drawings

Documents and drawings of Scottish castles, landscapes, churches and other religious buildings, collected by George Henry Hutton.

Map images

Map images

Further your family, local history or school project using this collection of thousands of zoomable maps of Scotland and beyond.

Moving Image Archive

Moving Image Archive

Watch films from Scotland's national moving images collection, which preserves over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video.

Pencils of light

Pencils of light

Delve into photographic history with 300 images taken in the 1840s by the Edinburgh Calotype Club - the world's first photography society.

Publications by Scottish clubs

Publications by Scottish clubs

Historical texts from the 12th-19th centuries, edited by Scottish clubs, including manuscripts, church records, diaries, legends and literary texts.

Scotia depicta

Scotia depicta

Castles, abbeys, battle grounds, harbours and landscapes in Scotland are among the subjects in this 19th-century book of engravings and descriptions.

Scottish History Society publications

Scottish History Society publications

Original source material illustrating Scotland’s history from the 12th to 20th centuries, published by the Scottish History Society, with authoritative commentaries.

Scottish Post Office directories

Scottish Post Office directories

Find where people lived and traded in Scotland between 1774 and 1911 by searching and browsing over 700 Post Office directories.

Slezer's Scotland

Slezer's Scotland

Dozens of zoomable engravings show us Scottish towns, castles and palaces from the 17th-century, as seen by military surveyor John Slezer.

Sporting photos

Sporting photos

Who are the people in these photos of sporting events in Scotland around the late 19th century? Can you help us find out?

The Blaeu Atlas

The Blaeu Atlas

The first Atlas of Scotland, printed in 1654, containing 49 engraved maps, and 154 pages of descriptive text translated from Latin.

The Duncan Street Explorer

The Duncan Street Explorer

Photos, audio recordings, floor plans and more help tell the story of the famous Bartholomew mapmakers of Edinburgh.

The spread of Scottish printing

The spread of Scottish printing

Trace the spread of printing across Scotland from 1508 to 1900. Read an early item produced in 73 of the first printing towns.

Thomas Annan's Glasgow

Thomas Annan's Glasgow

Photographs of Glasgow taken by Thomas Annan in the 1860s, with related maps and downloadable learning activities.