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Commentary and images on ancient sites in Britain and Ireland.
View sites on the interactive map to locate specific sites or browse by type of site.
(Facsimiles & commentary)

Entire run of the society's proceedings, monographs, and Archaeologia Scotica.
(1792 to the present; facsimiles)

Five principal sections that include primary documents online:
England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and France.
Created by the UK Public Record Office.
(1066-1603; facsimiles and transcriptions)

Record of the spread of Christianity in Britain including Northumbria.
(597; English)

Oldest Gaelic document from Scotland. In transcription and translation here.
(10th century; facsimile)

Chronicle of early Scottish kingdom.
(11th century; English translation)

The Song of the Scots. Pseudohistorical account of Scotland.
(11th century; English translation)

Irish chronicle about early Scottish history. Here in English.
(1150; Gaelic)

Legends about Scandinavian Scotland.
(1230; English translation)

Record of Scandinavian possessions on northern British islands.
(1262; English translation)

Treaty signed by Magnus VI with Scotland. Norway cedes Isle of Man and the Hebrides to Scotland.
(Latin with English translation; July 2, 1266)

Treaty of union between Scotland and England.
(1290; English)

Includes three major documents from Scottish history:
The Lübeck Letter
Ayr Manuscript
Declaration of Arbroath
(1286-1329; facsimiles, transcriptions, translations, and commentary)

Scotland's declaration of independence.
(6 April 1320; Latin transcriptions and English translation)

Treaty between England and Scotland.
(1328; English)

Database containing the proceedings of the Scottish parliament from the first surviving act of 1235 to the union of 1707.
(1235-1707; manuscripts and translations)

Faits d'armes (Deeds of Arms)

Edited by Steve Muhlenberger of Nipissing University (Canada).
(14th to early 15th centuries; transcriptions and English translations)

Includes calendars, newspapers, government documents, journals, and other sources from the 32 historic counties of Scotland.
From British History Online.
(12th to 19th centuries; transcriptions and facsimiles)

Published as two volumes in 1845.
Provided by Google Books.
(1558-1576; text-searchable facsimiles with updated English transcriptions)

Treaty that was supposed to establish permanent peace between England and Scotland.
(May 28, 1503; English)

John Knox's infamous diatribe against female rule.
(1558; English)

Treaty between Scotland and England in which Scotland sides with England in rejection of their traditional alliance with France.
(1560; English)

Builds off the Treaty of Berwick to form an Anglo-Scottish union.
(1560; English)

Presbyterian of faith instituted after the Scottish reformation.
(1560; English)

Act of the Reformation Parliament denying the authority of the Pope over the Church of Scotland.
(1560; English)

Books regulating the ecclesiastical order of the Church of Scotland. Adopted after the Scottish Reformation.
(1560 and 1578; English)

George Buchanan's Dialogue on the Law of Kingship among the Scots.
(1579; Latin with English translation)

Act ratifying the second book of discipline.
(1592; English)

Scottish hymnal.
(1600; English)

Correspondence which arranged for for James' ascension to the English throne.
(1601-1603; English)

Searchable database of wills and testaments also provides full transcripts of the originals and some facsimiles.
Includes auxiliary helps such as guides to handwriting and to Scottish occupations.
Note: requires free registration to access records.
(1500-1901; facsimiles and transcripts)

Agreement between Scottish presbyterian movement and English parliamentarians during the English civil war.
(1643; English)

Established Scottish adherence to the standard worship practices in Britain.
(February 6, 1645; English)

Secret agreement between a radical wing of the Scottish Covenanters and the imprisoned king Charles.
(December 26, 1647; English)

Influential Quaker text by Robert Barclay.
(1678; English)

Speech delivered by Michael Cameron, which served as a Covenantor declaration of war that set the events of the Glorious Revolution in motion.
(1680; English)

Documents provided by The Jacobite Heritage.
(1689; transcriptions with modernised spelling)

Act of Scottish parliament that constitutes key piece of Scottish constitutional law.
(April 1689; English)

Passed by the same Parliament that passed the Claim of Right.
(April 13, 1689; English)

Act establishing Presbyterianism as state church in Scotland.
(1690; English)

Treatise by Scottish thinker John Law.
(1705; English)

Respective acts of English and Scottish parliaments ratifying their merger into one nation.
(1707; English)

Defense of religious dissidents by Andrew Clarkson.
(1731; English)

Written by philosopher Francis Hutcheson, a participant in the Scottish Enlightenment.
(1727; English)

From Writs of Removal to individual diary entries.
Browse by parish, people, ports, destinations, or articles.
(1790-1845; facsimiles)

Act reforming Scottish election system.
(1832; English)

A searchable journal featured in the Internet Library of Early Journals.
(1843-1863; facsimiles)

Good source for those studying the social impact of industrialization.
(1791-1845; facsimiles and maps)

Act granting security to crofters in the Scottish highlands.
(1886; English)

Records of 21,000 passengers to non-European ports.
Those emigrating from Glasgow and Greenock are limited to the first four months of 1923.
(1890-1960; datasets)

Official documentation available by sections, parts, provisions, schedules, and amendments.
See also the Scotland Act 2012 for most updated revisions.
(1998; transcriptions)
Marks 10 years of greater autonomy for Scotland through the process of devolution.
The BBC presents a repository of original reporting and commentary on the topic.
(1999-2009; blog, audio-video clips, legislation guide)

Library of Congress guide to constitutional, legal, and government documents.

A project of the Edinburgh University Library.
(1550-1740; facsimiles)

First English treatise on economics by James Steuart.
(1767; English)

Important essay of the Scottish Enlightenment by Adam Ferguson.
(1767; English)

Most influential work of Adam Smith.
(1776; English)

Act of British parliament creating a Scottish parliament.
(1998; English)

Act of Scottish parliament setting up the Scottish independence referendum, which ultimately failed.
(2013; English)

Resources provided by the National Library of Scotland.
(English)
A project of the National Library of Scotland.
(1558-1932; facsimiles)

Collection of historical maps of Scotland.
(facsimiles)

Project aims to provide a geographically representative photograph for every square kilometer of the British Isles.
(Photographic facsimiles from a searchable map)

Searchable by ordnance survey map.
Courtesy of Castles in the UK.
(Maps and photo facsimiles)

Database of Scottish films and clips.

Collection of documents on Scotland.
(English)

Also contains a collection of coats of arms for other European countries and principalities.
(Facsimiles)

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