Or the Surnames, Families, or Literature, Honours and Biographical History of the People of Scotland
The author had already spent ten years compiling the information that went into this history when the first volume was published. Upon its completion, he declared the work to be, and his contemporaries agreed, the most complete of its kind ever assembled.
The rich Scottish heritage can be successfully traced thanks to the practice of bestowing hereditary surnames, many of which found a permanent record in the many charters and other public deeds which still exist today. One of the objects of this series is to not only explain the origin of these surnames but to deliver an account of the families as well as the distinguished individuals within the families that bore them. The baronies of Scotland, associated with hereditary jurisdiction, were viewed as just short of regal and as such, an account of these honors provides an account of the territorial supremacy of a name and a family.
A necessary supplement to the history of families is the history of titles which are key to understanding the social and political incidents that shaped the country. Above all other aspects, perhaps the greatest light can be shed upon the Scottish nation when one studies the biographies of its most distinguished natives. This series embraces a wide range of people, comprising some names not met with in history but whose skill, labor, and genius have added to the greatness of their nation. Arranged alphabetically, there is a complete account of the surnames, titles, baronies, and general biographies of Scotland. The Scottish Nation is also richly decorated with autographs, seals, genealogical and titular tables as well as an abundance of illustrations and portraits, all taken from original or authentic sources. The author also pays particular attention to the literary accomplishments in Scottish history, creating, as he says, “a Bibliotheca Scottica.” This series is truly a valuable collection of the antiquities, the literature, and the general and family histories of Scotland.
Volume T–Z and Supplement: In this volume comprising the letters “T” through “Z” and a supplemental section of additional biographical information, you will find interesting, well written, and comprehensive accounts of, among many others, Rev. John Thomson, an intense lover of nature, who on his death bed wished to be placed by the window where he gazed so intently at the fields outside that he fainted. Within the “W’s” you will find William I, king of Scots, also known as William the Lion. He fought bravely against Henry II, king of England, to regain Northumberland, but was captured and forced into submission. Henry’s successor Richard gave William his rights and land back, resulting in an alliance between the two kings until Richard’s death. Also within the “W’s” you will find James Watt, a natural philosopher and civil engineer who worked extensively on developing the steam engine. Later improvements on the steam engine were developed from Watt’s ideas. There are over fifty surnames in this volume and an additional forty-four surnames included in the supplement.
(1876), 2013, 8½x11, paper, 194 pp.