National Library of Scotland Adds Almost 400 Digitized Books relating to the Histories of Scottish Families

HouseOfDrummondThe National Library of Scotland has recently digitised a selection of almost 400 printed items relating to the histories of Scottish families, and you can read them all in the Library’s Digital Gallery at

You can search the text of the books for particular words or phrases. All areas of Scotland are included, from Dumfries to Shetland, and many different families and places are represented – in fact many more than the titles might suggest, as a keyword search by place or name will reveal. Many of the books cover multiple families, so even if your family name is not listed in a book’s title, it’s worth performing an electronic search for that name anyway.

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Thank you for mentioning this source especially as the first book listed is about my 7x great-grandfather. More books to read 🙂


There are so many great sources being digitized I can’t keep up. I wish I was 16 again, when I made my first research field trip. There is still a dearth of accessible original Scottish records outside of Scotland for those who get beyond 1700 in the lowlands and 1800 in the Highlands. These wonderful books will be a boon for those now able to access the work of earlier researchers who DID have local access. Those descended from the cotter class of society may not find direct hits to their ancestors, but knowing the local landed society can be a great assist in identifying the estate papers that DO mention the landless masses.


Thanks for the information. I’ve been to the Drummond’s castle before and planning on going again this year. Just being on the grounds and walking the gardens brings a sense of heritage and unity for those in the family to reclaim the name in unity and oneness.


Very good assistance to those families mentioned and any others that are mentioned in the publications. I have shared the site on my facebook page.


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