A Better World?

Find out about the immediate impact of the First World War on life in Scotland

Antiquarian Books of Scotland

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

Blighty and Sea Pie

Editions of two magazines published for Britain's fighting forces between 1917 and 1919, with pictures, stories, poems and humour

British military lists

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

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

Experiences of the Great War

The First World War experiences of four very different people — the General, the Nurse, the Soldier, and the Conscientious Objector

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


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

League of Nations

Publications produced by the League of Nations (1919-1945), covering non-political functions, statistics and background information

Military maps of Scotland

Maps and plans made for government troops by the Board of Ordnance during the Jacobite period in the 18th century

Rolls of honour

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

Street literature about Napoleon's Wars

Chapbooks about events from the 1790s to the Battle of Waterloo, mostly ballads about military conflicts with Napoleon Bonaparte

The Lyon in Mourning

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

Wee Windaes

This site charts the continuum of the Scots language in printed form, from the 15th century to the present day