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Weekly Mailing List Archives
11th June 2010

Electric Scotland News
The Flag in the Wind
Book of Scottish Story
Oor Mither Tongue
Poems of William Dixon Cocker
Auld Biggins of Stirling
Old Pictures of Scotland
Scottish Notes and Queries
The Kingdom of Fife
The Complete Scotland
Furth in Field
Poems in the Dorric Language by John Henderson
The Concise Household Encyclopaedia
Roamin' in the Gloamin'
Pen Pictures of Early Pioneer Life in Upper Canada
In the Hebrides
Gairloch in North-West Ross-Shire
Researches into the History of Tain (New Book)
Information on more Scottish Names, Roger, Playfair, Constable and Haldane
The Gaelic Concept of Life and Death (Complete short book)
Fallbrook Farm Heritage Site
History of Tennessee - The Scots-Irish
Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland

Electric Scotland News
I have continued to make progress on the Gairloch and Loch Maree project that I mentioned last week and you can see what's new at

David Hunter also managed to visit and has sent in some excellent pictures of the area which you can see at


We've now created the forums and link sections in our Community and would value your input on whether we've got things about right. So below I'll list the forums we've created which are contained within 6 main Groups...

Electric Scotland's Community Forums
Welcome to Electric Scotland's Community forums.

Our default Group for the Community. Feel free to suggest new forums if you think it will add value to our community.

- General Posts
This is a general forum meaning you can discuss any subject you want in here.
- What's New
This forum is for us to tell you what's new in the community. You can then comment on the new feature we announce.
- Ask the Seneschal
Having a problem with some aspect of the community then this is where you can ask for help or report the issue or problem to the Administrators. Also can be used to suggest improvements or additional forums.
- Members Helping Members
This forum is for members to help members and so if you can't figure out how to use a feature then pop a message in here and hopefully your fellow members will be able to help out.
- New Members
This is where you will find out what new members have joined the community and have the opportunity to welcome them.
- Poetry & Stories
Many of our members like to share their own poetry or stories and so this is a place where they can post them for others to enjoy. It's also a place to discuss books and tell us what you are reading.
- Robert Burns
As our Bard is well known all over the world we felt it appropriate to have a forum for him and to dicuss his poems and information on Burns Suppers and other Burns events around the world.
- Breaking News
This is where you can post breaking news around the world and have our say about it. Like the Gulf Oil spill or the ash cloud in Inceland or something nearer home.
- Music
This is where you can discuss music old and new.
--- Celtic Music [Sub Group]
Dedicated to Celtic Music
- Food & Drink
Where you can discuss anything to do with Food and Drink, be it to tell us of a good restuarant, provide a recipe or discuss an ingredient.
- Kids
We note that parents are letting their Kids use our community to play games in our Arcade. As they are not members they can't register their high scores so we thought we'd create this forum for them so they can comment and chat between themselves. This forum would be for children under 14 years of age.
- Arcade
This forum is for those enjoying our Arcade to discuss the games and even suggest new games you'd like to see.

This group is for our own "Old Timers" that have been with us for years and through many changes in our various communities. That of course doesn't mean new members can't join in.

- Thistle & Whistle
This is the virtual pub so anything you might talk about in the pub can be talked about in here - which means pretty well anything that comes up.
- Fryin' Pan Hill
Our friendly battle of the sexes that gets unfriendly at times
- Rib Ticklers
Humour or Humor in all its forms. One never knows what type of thing they will read here.

This is a group for visitors.

- General Posts
You can post anything as it relates to the Electric Scotland sites here.
- Weekly Newsletter
This is where we post our weekly newsletter and we welcome any comments or suggestions as each issue goes up.
- What's New on ES
This is where we will announce new books we're starting on or other projects and again we'd welcome any comments. Should you like a particular book or a project we're working on then let us know and we might be able to do more by the author or similar projects.

As genealogy is a major industry we thought it appropriate to have this Group available. We are happy to get requests for other clan and family forums but you will need to provide some evidence that it would be used.

- General Posts
Any messages to do with clans and families are appropriate in here.
- Genealogy
Messages to do with general genealogy, tips and tricks, resource, etc.
--- Support for [Sub Group]
- Stewart Clan
A forum specifically for those connected to the Stewart Clan.
- Clan Ross
A forum specifically for those connected to the Ross Clan.
- MacIntyre Trust
A forum specifically for those connected to the MacIntyre Clan.

A Group devoted specifically to Scotland and things Scottish

- General Posts
A general message forum and as long as it has something to do with Scotland you can post your message here.
- Travel and Tourism
A forum dedicated to travel and tourism in Scotland. You can comment on your own holiday in Scotland, ask for advice, provide information, etc.
- History
Scottish History and the Historic properties of Scotland.
- Business
Scottish business large and small.
- Politics
Politics in Scotland of any party.
- Arts and Culture
Arts and Culture of Scotland.
- Tartans
Discuss Tratans and such.

This is a Group dedicated to the community of the Gairloch and Loch Maree in Northern Scotland. Other forums may be added by request.

- General Posts
A general message forum for discussion on and about the area of Gairloch & Loch Maree.

And so this completes our list of forums.

As we are a Scottish system we've added a group of forums for Scotland and things Scottish. The Electric Scotland group is in support of our main web site and our visitors. The Clans and Families Group is really mostly to do with Genealogy but can be expanded to add forums for specific clans and families that would like to make use of our facilities. Gairloch & Loch Maree is in support of our special project for the area. Old Timers is of course for our members that have been with us for many years. And finally the Main group if just for general messaging.

And so if you see any gaps or feel we could amalgamte some forums to shrink the list we'd welcome your feedback.

Next week I'll include details on our "Links" and show you the categories we've created. And the following week should see the launch of our new service.

Some of the stories in here are just parts of a larger story so do check out the site for the full versions. You can always find the link in our "What's New" section in our site menu and at

This weeks issue is compiled by Ian Goldie in which he says... For this week’s Flag I had laid out a plan to discuss four topics - Nelson Mandela as he is revealed in the book Invictus by John Carlin, the success of Scots abroad, what an independent Scotland would NOT be like, and the 1999 grab of Scottish waters by Tony Blair.

Alas, it all went by the board when I opened The Scotsman this morning and read an article by Michael Kelly entitled ‘Hoping England lose is just not funny any more’.

You can read more about this at

The Working Life of Christina McKelvie MSP diary entry for this week can be viewed at 

Book of Scottish Story
Thanks to John Henderson for sending this book into us.

This week he's sent in Part 2 of "The Twin Sisters" which starts...

The part she was now acting, and the situation in which she had placed herself, in spite of all Emily’s natural forwardness, called forth that modest timidity which still adds to the loveliness of a young and beautiful woman, suffusing her cheeks with crimson, and softening the brightness of her sparkling eye. Altogether, her appearance and behaviour made a powerful impression on the heart of the gallant soldier; and he contrived to protract the interview till the latest period that good breeding permitted. When Emily offered to return the shilling which her brother had received, the Captain refused it, saying, with a smile, that he had not yet renounced his claim on her, but reserved it for further investigation, for the discussion of which he proposed repeating his visit.

With self-possession, but becoming modesty, Emily replied, that although she had already overstepped the bounds of female decorum, she was neither ignorant of, nor indifferent to, that propriety of conduct which her situation required; and would. therefore request, that if he was again inclined to visit the farm of Greenbraes, it might be after the return of her parents. The Captain now left Emily, nearly as much fascinated with her as she had been with his first appearance; while the respectful propriety of his behaviour, in a case where some freedom of speech might have been excusable, raised him in her estimation; and she flattered herself that he had not seen her with indifference.

The rest of this story can be read at

All the other stories can be read at

Oor Mither Tongue
An Anthology of Scots Vernacular Verse by Ninian Macwhannell (1938) and our thanks to John Henderson for sending this into us.

The Auld Plooman to his Brose
Cauld Kail
Ye Nivver Ken

You can read these at

The other poems can be read at

William Dixon Cocker
W.D. COCKER (1882 – 1970)

W. D. Cocker was a Scottish poet who wrote in both Scots and English. In the First World War, Cocker served with the Highland Light infantry, and was taken prisoner in 1917. His war poetry is interesting and includes the poems "Up the Line to Poelkapelle", "The Sniper" and a five-part sonnet cycle entitled "Sonnets in Captivity". However, he is best known for his humorous poems in Scots.

Another 4 pages up which can be read at

The other poems can be read at

Auld Biggins of Stirling
The contents page of this book are done alphabetically so we're adding new chapters in the order they appear in the book and not as they appear in the contents. Loads of illustrations which do add to the enjoyment of this book.

Added Wester Livilands House, St. Ninians, Torbrex, Cambusbarron

You can read this at

Old Pictures of Scotland
We have been adding some old pictures from Scotland and now onto...

Set 19 - Paintings of Scottish Scenery
Set 20 - West Highlands (Part 5)

You can view these at

We're also adding a wee book about "Scottish Loch Scenery" to this page and have added Linlithgow Loch this week.

You can view these at

Scottish Notes and Queries
This is a periodical we came across launched in 1887 and we are going to scan in a number of issues for you to read.

Added Volume 2 Issue 6

You can read this at

The Kingdom of Fife
Its Ballads and Legends by Robert Boucher, Jun (1899)

Added "The Wanton Young Laird o' Logie"

This can be read at

The Complete Scotland
A comprehensive survey, based on the principle motor, walking, railway and steamer routes. Historical section by J.D. Mackie, M.C., M.A. Professor of Scottish History and Literature and the University of Glasgow and geology and scenery by T.M. Finlay, M.A., D.Sc., F.R.S.E., University of Edinburgh.

Added this week...

Glasgow to Oban via Ardrishaig

You can read this at

Furth in Field
volume of essays on the Life, Language and Literature of Old Scotland by Hugh Haliburton (1894).

Added Fish and Fishing at Loch Leven.

This can be read at

Holiday Cottages
These are wee tourism articles. Got in this week...

Hill Walking in Scotland - The perfect way to Explore the unspoilt charm of Scotland.

This can be read at

Poems in the Dorric Language
By John Henderson

John has sent in new poems which can be seen at the foot of his page at

By the British Medical Association (1922)

We've added another chapter to this book...

The Medical Institutions of Glasgow. By Dr. John Fergus

You can read this book at

The Concise Household Encyclopaedia
Added Page 376 - Doors, Page 377 - Doors, Dorking Fowl, Dormer Window, Dormouse, Doronicum, Dory, Dosage, Double Cheese, Douche, Dough, Dough Cake, Page 378 - Doughnut, Doulton Ware, Dove, Dovecot, Dover's Powder, Dovetail Joint, Page 379 - Dovetail Joint, Dowelling, Dower, Down, Draba, Drachm, Drainage. These can be read at

Roamin' in the Gloamin'
By Sir Harry Lauder (1928)

We've added more chapters to this book...


Here is how Chapter XIX starts...

As I have told you somewhere within the last few paragraphs I had a long talk with President Woodrow Wilson during my '17 tour. He and Mrs. Wilson had attended the theatre in Washington when I was playing there and the two of them had joined enthusiastically in singing the chorus of my song "Marching With the President." It was arranged that I should go and have tea with them at the White House before my tour ended. This I was very pleased to do. As a matter of fact I have been a pretty constant visitor to the White House for twenty years. I have met all the Presidents during that period and have had unique opportunities for forming first-hand impressions of the illustrious American statesmen who have ruled the destinies of the States from Theodore Roosevelt down to the present occupant of the presidential chair. With more than one of these remarkable men I am proud to say I have been on terms of friendship. It may not be considered presumptious on my part, therefore, if I attempt a few very brief pen-pictures of the various Presidents whom it has been my privilege and honour to meet. I offer them in all humility and sincerity.

You can read the rest of this chapter at 9

The other chapters can be read at

Pen Pictures of Early Pioneer Life in Upper Canada
By a "Canuke".of the fifth generation (1905)

Lots more chapters up this week which now completes this book.


Early Country Courtship
The Country Wedding


The Family Watch-Dog
A Trip to Market
An Auction Sale on the Farm


The Old Water Wheel
The Old Sawmills
The Windmills
The Old-Time Winter
Views of The Niagara


The Wild Fruits
The Familiar Wild Flowers
Lost in the Woods
Forest Fires
A Primitive Canadian Band
Mosquitoes and Black Flies

FOREST LIFE—(Continued)

The Squirrel
The Fox
Rabbit Hunting

You can read this book at

In the Hebrides
By C. F. Gordon Cumming (1883)

Added more chapters to this book...

Chapter IV
The Inner Hebrides - Staffa—From Oban to Skye—Lismore—Mull—Legend of Castle Duart —Legend of Lochbuy—Legend of Loch Awe—Isle of Canna—St. Michael's Eve—How observed in Barra—Nordereys and Sudereys of Muck—Wild Boar of Scotland—Wolves—Beavers—Isle of Rum—Scuir of Eigg—Proud Lords of the Isles—The Isle of Mists.

Chapter V
The Quiraing - Uig—A Terrible "Spate "—Gaelic Churches—Forms of Worship—Island Homes—Timber—The Famine of 1883—Primitive Agricultural Implements—No Frost—Dr. Johnson—Legend of Castle Tfstian—Glens of the Conan and of the Rah—The Quiraing—Monkstadt-----Duntulm— Midges—A great Sacramental Gathering.

Chapter VI
Afloat - A Music-Room—Duntulm Castle—Fladda of the Ocean—Holy Stones - Schioch Maddie Cave—Legend of McOrimmon—Water Kelpies - Brownies—Legends---The Kilt Rock—Marine Forests—Flat-fishesti Basaltic Coast—The Storr Rock—The Ross-shire Coast—Legends of St. Malruba—Sacrifices of Cattle—The Need-Fire--Start for the Herring Fishing—Storms—King Haco's Fleet.

Chapter VII
Modern Chips of the Old Blocks - Holy Wells in the Hebrides and in the highlands—Prohibitory Statutes —Wells for the Cure of Insanity—Pilgrims' Bags—Traces of Sun and Fire Worship - Four great Festivals - Beltane - Midsummer in Ireland, Isle of Man, Stonehenge—Hallow-e'en—All Souls—YuleChristmas—The Burning of the Clavie—Dread of giving or taking Fire—Festivals in the Pyrenees, the Alps, the Baltic, in Paris, in Edinburgh and London - Traces of Moon Worship - An Owl's Question.

Chapter VIII
Footprints of the Past - Lonely Chapels—Blended Faiths—Sunwise Turns—East and West Divination by Smoke--Touch of a Seventh Son—The Royal Touch, a Cure for Scrofula—Burial of a Living Cock for Epilepsy—Legends of Isle Raasay—Of Wild Deer—Of buying a Gale—Witchcraft--Drawing the Tether—A Milk Charm from the Isle of Uist—Ancient and Modern Witches—The Evil Eye—Making Images to injure a Neighbour—Cats—Belief in Transmigration —The Luck of leaving a House unswept—lll-Luck of succeeding an Ejected Tenant.

Chapter IX
The Outer Hebrides - The Long Island—Start for Harris—St Clement's Cathedral —Tarbert Handmills - The Thamis - Fincastle - Stornoway— Loch Maddy Market—North Uist—Machars—Shell-fish and Lobsters—Fords - Driftwood—Cornish Blessings - Benbecula -South Uist - Dismal Homes—Wild Fowl—Barra—Kisimul Castle—Eriskay—WreckeraSouth Bernera Lighthouse—Mingalay.

Chapter X
St. Kilda - The Sea-Fowl's Kingdom—Precious Fulmar— Population— Means of Living—Accounts by Martin, Kenneth Macaulay, and Dr. Macculloch —Infant Mortality—Mysterious Colds—" No English "—A Life of Exile - High Morality— Primitive Customs - Traces of Heathen Worship—Rvages of Small-pox—Lack of Boats.

You can read these chapters at

Gairloch in North-West Ross-Shire
It's Records, Traditions, Inhabitants and Natural History with a Guide to Gairloch and Loch Maree and a Map and Illustrations" by John H. Dixon FSA Scot. published in 1886.

We're making good progress with Part I. - Records and Traditions of Gairloch

Chapter I. —Early History

Absence of ancient records—Giants in those days—Fingalian legends— Condition of Pictish aborigines—Their houses and implements—Druids—Roman invasion — Pictish monarchy — Introduction of Christianity — St Maelrubha — Hermits of Isle Maree — Norse vikings — Norwegians and Danes — End of Norwegian rule in 1263 — The earls of Ross — Donald of the Isles — The Mackenzies.

Chapter II.—The Tragedy of Isle Maree

Scene laid in Isle Maree—The hermit saint—Prince Olaf—His fiery temper- -Falls in love—Brings his bride to Isle Maree—Is compelled to leave her on an expedition—The white and black flags—Return of the prince—Jealousy of the princess—Her scheme to test Olaf s affection—His madness on seeing the black flag—Thinking her dead he kills himself—The princess stabs herself and dies— Their graves on Isle Maree.

Chapter III.—The Mackenzies of Kintail

Two origins of the family of Mackenzie—The Cabar Feidh—Angus Mac Mhathain—Kenneth, first lord of Kintail—John, second lord, shelters Robert Bruce—Kenneth of the Nose—Kenlochewe ravaged—Leod Mac Gilleandreis— Black Murdo of the Cave—Joined by Gille Riabhach—Comes to Kenlochewe— Slays Leod Mac Gilleandreis and his followers—Ath nan Ceann—Fe Leoid— Black Murdo of the Cave recovers Kintail—Murdo of the Bridge, fifth lord of Kintail—Alexander the Upright, father of Hector Roy, first laird of Gairloch— Skirmish of Beallach nam Brog—Residences of lords of Kintail.

Chapter IV.—Ewan Mac Gabhar, the Son of the Goat

Ardlair—The cave of the king's son—Old Oighrig and her son Kenneth The goat Earba nourishes Ewan in the cave—Flora and Ewan come to Letterewe —Ewan's sword and mantle of state—The lord of Kintail comes to hunt—Flora and Ewan suspected—Kenneth and Flora carried off to Eileandonain—Oighrig and Ewan conveyed to Colin Mor Gillespie—Colin Mor brings up Ewan—Great war against the queen widow of Olamh Mor—Ewan gets a command—His slender page—Mull plundered—The invaders surprised at night and captured—The queen condemns the chiefs to death—Ewan led forth to die—The execution arrested—Ewan identified and proclaimed king—Prophecy fulfilled .

Chapter V.—The Macraes of Kintail and Gairloch

The Macraes settle in Kintail—Become Mackenzie's "shirt of mail"—The sons of Fortune—Assist in conquest of Gairloch—List of Macraes who fought for Gairloch—Effigy of Donald Odhair—Macraes renowned archers—Compared with Turkish archers—The Macraes bore the dead bodies of their chiefs to burial— The last occasion of this—Curious statement.

Chapter VI.—The MacBeaths

MacBeaths from Assynt—Some still in Gairloch—Had several strongholds— Lochan nan Airm—Kintail men come to Loch Tollie—Shoot MacBeath's servant on the island—MacBeatb flies—Is struck by an arrow—Kintail men stay a night on the island—Come through Gairloch—Report to their chief.

Chapter VII.—The M'Leods of Gairloch

The Siol Torquil—Claim to Gairloch—Legal title commenced 1430—MacBeaths expelled—The Tigh Dige—Strongholds of the M'Leods—Eilean Ruaridh —Allan M'Leod, laird of Gairloch—Murdered by his brothers at the "Hill of evil counsel"—They also murder his two boys—The widow takes their bloody shirts to her father—Hector Roy takes the shirts to the king—Who gives Hector commission of fire and sword against the M'Leods—The M'Leods confined to one-third of Gairloch.

Chapter VIII.—The Macdonalds in Gairloch

Macdonalds, clansmen of Donald of the Isles—Probably some settled in Gairloch—Still in Gairloch and Alligin—Mac Gille Riabhaich—His cave—Story of his oak cudgel—The soubriquet Darach—His descendant, Darroch of Torridon —Donald Dubh Mac Gillechriosd Mhic Gille Riabhaich—Threatens Hector Roy—Slays Buchanan after Flodden Field.

Chapter IX.—Hector Roy Mackenzie, first Laird of Gairloch

Vision of the great chief and his bodyguard—His appearance and valour— Obtains charter to Gairloch—Slays three M'Leods at "the Gairloch "—The battle of Park—Hector Roy and Big Duncan of the Axe—Hector Roy at Sauchie-burn—He claims Kintail—Battle of Drum a Chait—Big Duncan again assists— Hector Roy outlawed—Assists Mac Cailean—Kneels before the king—Grasps his hand—Is pardoned—Abandons his claim to Kintail—Fight with M'Leods at Beallach Glasleathaid—Big Duncan and his son Dugal—Hector Roy conquers part of Gairloch—Battle of Flodden—Clan Eachainn.

Chapter X.—John Glassich Mackenzie and his Sons

John Glassich brought up in Strathglass—Claims Kintail—Refuses to join the royal standard—Apprehended by Kenneth of Kintail—Iain Gearr's pluck— Death of John Glassich—Donald Gorme invades Kenlochewe—Hector and Alexander, sons of John Glassich, both slain.

Chapter XL—John Roy Mackenzie

John Roy resembled his grandfather Hector—His youth—Visits his mother, wife of Mackay—Goes with a bodyguard to Iain Liath at Glas Leitire—Lord Kintail abandons his hunt on the Glas Leitire hills—John Roy and Iain Liath go to Gairloch—Iain Dubh Mac Ruaridh M'Leod abandons the Gairloch dun —Struggles with the M'Leods—John Roy's family—His bodyguard composed of his twelve sons—Dealings with the tithes of Gairloch—The Talladale ironworks—John Roy's residence—Visits Mackay—Mackay's piper becomes John Roy's piper—Lord Mackenzie summons John Roy to Torridon— He stays the night with his lordship—Proposed assassination deferred—John Roy's sons arrive and take him away—Allies of Glengarry Macdonalds make an incursion to Kenlochewe—Lord Mackenzie visits John Roy—John Roy granted a remission by the crown.

Chapter XII.—Expulsion of the M'Leods from Gairloch

Murchadh Riabhach na Cuirce—Slays Mac Iain Dhuibh M 'Leod—Ruaridh Mac Allan M'Leod assassinates Iain Mac Ghille Challum M'Leod and his sons by Janet Mackenzie—John Roy revenges the murder—Expels the M'Leods from Gairloch—The Cnoc a Chrochadair—The affair at Leac nan Saighead—Mor Ban persuades the M'Leods to invade Gairloch—They come to Fraoch Eilean— Donald Odhar and his brother shoot them from Leac nan Saighead—Only two M'Leods escape in the birlinn—Donald Odhar's long shot from Craig a Chait— Young M'Leod of Assynt asks John Roy's daughter for his wife—Is refused— Fionnla Dubh na Saighead insults him—The M'Leods return to take vengeance on Finlay—He and Chisholm shoot many of them—Finlay pursues Neil M'Leod to the Bac an Leth-choin and shoots him at the Druim Cam Neill—Fight at Lochan an Fheidh—Affair at Raasay—Murdo Mackenzie in his .ship driven into Kirkton—Young M'Leod of Raasay and his companions visit him—All the party get drunk except four Gairloch men—A fight ensues—Murdo drowned—All on board slain except three of the abstainers—They escape.

Chapter XIII.—Alastair Breac, and his Son and Grandson

Alastair Breac, a renowned warrior—Raids of cattle lifters—Iain Geal Donn proposes a raid on Gairloch—Alastair Buidhe Mackay intercepts him at Scardroy —Slays him and all his men except one—Alastair Breac sends the news to Lord Mackenzie—Cameron of Lochiel plans a raid on Gairloch in revenge— Alastair Breac sends eighty men to oppose him, but he has retired—Song composed to the Guard of the Black Corrie—Colla Ban—In default of black-mail threatens raid on Gairloch—His spies are frightened by four Gairloch men at Luibmhor—Kenneth, sixth laird of Gairloch, fined as a "malignant"—Alexander, seventh laird of Gairloch.

You can read all these chapters at

Researches into the History of Tain
By Rev. William. Taylor

A new book we're starting which is only 3 chapters and an Appendix.

Here is what the Preface has to say...

THE substance of the first chapter of this little work, as well as some portions of the conclusion, formerly appeared in a smaller volume, after having been delivered as a lecture in the Court-House of Tain in the early spring of 1865. The second chapter contains the substance of a lecture delivered in the Town-Hall in the autumn of 1881, to an audience from which the lecturer missed, alas! many of "the old familiar faces," but which included many of a younger generation, who, he trusts, will prove themselves inheritors of the old local enthusiasm, and some of whom may yet confer signal benefits on their native town.

The writer has not thought it expedient to divest his essay of its original lecture-form, lest the local spirit that seemed to make the lectures interesting to the audiences who have requested their publication should evaporate in the process. But as the lectures were at first prepared with anxious attention to correctness of statement, so now, in revising and re-arranging them for the press, their facts and conclusions have been scrupulously re-examined and verified, new facts have been here and there interwoven into the text, explanatory foot-notes have been supplied, and some longer notes, bearing on questions of especial importance or local interest, have been placed in an Appendix. References to authorities have also been added where this has seemed necessary. To refer, indeed, perpetually to works on general Scottish history, or to such books as "Origines Paroehiales," or to the writer's own juvenile attempt in the "New Statistical Account," or to local records, has been thought needless. These and others have, however, been carefully examined. One or two of the books to which reference is made the writer has had no opportunity of consulting for himself. He has therefore to express his obligation to several friends, who have most obligingly taken the trouble of doing so in his behalf, and even of sending him long extracts for his own examination; as well -as to several others—some of whom he names in the following pages--who have assisted him in his personal researches with a courtesy and kindness which he cannot forget.

You can read this book at

Information on more Scottish Names
Came across a couple of books in pdf format...

Four Perthshire Families
Roger, Playfair, Constable and Haldane of Barmony and have made it available on the site as a pdf file at

I found a small book about the "Scottish House of Gourlay" so thought I'd add a page for them on the site at

The Gaelic Concept of Life and Death
A short book, some 22 pages, by H. Cameron Gillies M.D. and you can read this at

Fallbrook Farm Heritage Site
Got in a couple of updates on this project which you can read at

History of Tennessee
An extract from the book about the Scots-Irish settlers which you can read at

Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland
By Rev. Charles Rogers in 2 volumes (1871)

We've made these 2 volumes available in pdf format. Not sure if it is for general reading but is an excellent reference resource.

Here is the Preface to set the scene for this work...

Monuments are as milestones in the pathway of civilization. In early times memorial stones were not reared. When tribes became communities, unhewn stones were set up to perpetuate their heroes. As nations arose, cairns were heaped in celebration of national triumphs, or to denote the graves of Princes. When the Israelites crossed Jordan, they placed twelve stones in memorial of the event; on their establishment as a nation they erected tombs in honour of their prophets. Decorated mummy tombs were common in ancient Egypt; the pyramids, which are clearly monumental, were built about two thousand years before Christ. The Assyrians constructed imposing edifices in celebration of their kings. The Greeks adorned their tombs with elegant sculptures; these at length assumed magnificent proportions, such as the celebrated Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. In Italy the Romans substituted the adorned sepulchral chambers of Etruria by spacious structures, which while honouring the dead suited the convenience of the living. Alike among eastern and western nations the barrow, or sepulchral mound, was superseded by the cromlech, which in its turn was exchanged for the Runic cross and other sculptured forms.

The memorial stones which form the subject of this work belong to a class usually termed modern. They began to be reared in the thirteenth century, but were then reserved for kings and warriors and churchmen. At the Reformation churches and abbeys were found studded with the cenotaphs of ecclesiastics; these, with the statues of saints and martyrs, were held as idolatrous, and thrown down. For two centuries afterwards, monumental tablets were disallowed in churches; while even in churchyards ornamental monuments were discommended. In respect of such memorials a more cultivated taste arose some sixty years ago. To encourage that taste, and to aid in preserving existing monuments, this work was originated. But the publication may be found useful to some who take no concern in monumental affairs; to the student of Family History it will yield convenient assistance—while to those interested in the memorials of National History it will convey information otherwise inaccessible.

An absolutely complete work was scarcely to be attained. For his performance the author claims only such an approach to completeness as might be accomplished by unwearied diligence. His inquiries were commenced in 1861. In August of that year he addressed a circular letter, accompanied with a schedule, to the whole of the parochial clergy. A schedule was afterwards despatched to the parish schoolmasters. In the principal Scottish journals information has been repeatedly solicited. Local antiquaries have been addressed. A tour was prosecuted throughout the principal counties, including nearly every portion of the Lowlands. If the author has had frequently to regret that parochial functionaries have been unable to spare an hour or two in procuring information for a national work, and on a subject associated with the memory of their predecessors, he has on the other hand had occasion to rejoice in many intelligent and obliging coadjutors. For materials used in the present volume he has been under especial obligations to the Very Reverend Dean Ramsay. David Laing. Esq., LL.D., and John Alexander Smith, Esq., M.D., Edinburgh; William Euing, Esq., Glasgow; David Semple, Esq., Paisley; William McDowall, Esq., Dumfries; A. Campbell Swinton, Esq., of Kimmerghame; the Rev. John Struthers, Prestonpans; and Mr. Andrew Currie, sculptor, Darnick.

Every work bearing on the history of Scottish tombstones, and the various local and provincial histories have been examined; while the inscriptions and epitaphs contained in the collections of Monteith and others have been carefully utilized. Of modern publications none has proved more useful than Dr. Hew Scott's "Fasti Ecclesis Scoticanre," a work which in minute and accurate details of ecclesiastical biography is altogether unrivalled. For greater convenience of reference an index is appended to each volume.

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And to conclude here is a wee humour story I got in...

Ale Imitation

When the chairman of Goodyear was visiting the company's then tyre company in Glasgow,
it was decided to take him for a haggis dinner, which would be piped in, and then the chairman and the piper would be given a glass of whisky to toast the haggis.

The American PR executive who came with the chairman quickly pointed out that his man was teetotal and must only be given ginger ale.

So he watched anxiously as the toasts went ahead and then told the hotel manager: "Thank God that went off OK - think of the awful consequences if the drinks had got mixed up,
and the chairman had got the whisky!"

"That's nothing," replied the manager.

"You couldn't imagine the consequences if the piper had got the ginger ale."

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