Kings & queens

Chapbooks printed in Scotland

Small cheap booklets sold on Scotland's streets were essential reading material for the masses in the 18th and 19th centuries

English ballads

Browse over 2,300 broadside ballads, mostly from 19th-century England, with subjects ranging from courtship, occupations and emigration to patriotism and wars

Golf in Scotland 1457-1744

Take a swing through golf's early history. Key documents, including the first 'rules' of the game, show how golf developed in Scotland

Jacobite prints and broadsides

Portraits of people and illustrations of events relating to the Jacobite Rebellions in Scotland in 1715 and 1745 to 1746

James VI and the Union of the Crowns

A look at the union of the Scottish and English crowns in 1603, and the monarch who wanted to lead a peaceful, united Britain

Publications by Scottish clubs

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

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

The 1715 Jacobite Rising

A guide to the 1715 Jacobite rising, which changed Scotland. Includes interactives and resources for teachers

The last letter of Mary Queen of Scots

Read, in English and French, the last letter by Scotland's 16th-century queen, written only hours before her execution in Fotheringhay Castle

The Lyon in Mourning

A contemporary account of the Jacobite rising of 1745 to 1746 using eye-witness interviews and letters