Family history

An Comunn Gàidhealach

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

Biographical dictionary of eminent Scotsmen

Biographies of famous Scotsmen and some women, mostly of the 16th to the 19th centuries. Over 30 engraved portraits

British military lists

Details of officers who served in the British Army, Navy and Air Force in the First and Second World Wars

First World War official photographs

Black-and-white photographs mainly of the Western Front during the First World War. From the papers of Field Marshal (Earl) Haig

Histories of Scottish families

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


Learn about the sinking of HMY Iolaire on 1 January 1919 through Library items and contributions from the Isle of Lewis

Macfarlane's genealogies

Volume one of Walter Macfarlane's collection of genealogies of ancient Scottish families, compiled around 1750

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

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

Publications by Scottish clubs

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

Rolls of honour

Scottish listings of casualties and those who died while on active service during the First World War

Scotland's News

A small sample of newspapers from across Scotland, printed during the 18th to 20th centuries

Scots abroad

Read and hear six stories of Scots who emigrated to start a new life between the 1770s and the 1930s

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

The Duncan Street Explorer

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

Thomas Annan's Glasgow

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