Thursday, 28 February 2013

National Library of Scotland adds 19th Century gazetteers

The National Library of Scotland ( has added 20 volumes of gazetteers from across Scotland published between 1803 and 1901. Access is once again entirely free - from the NLS newsletter:

The gazetteers provide a comprehensive geographical encyclopaedia of Scotland and are of great value for local and family history. Principal places in Scotland - including towns, counties, castles, glens, antiquities and parishes - are listed alphabetically. The entries include detailed historical and geographical information about each place. The text from the gazetteers has been transcribed and can be searched by keyword.

The collection can be browsed and searched at - you will also find them on the Internet Archive at

The volumes date from 1803, 1806, 1825 (?), 1828, 1838, 1842, 1846, 1848, 1868, 1882, 1884-85, and 1901. Don't forget to also look up the Statistical Accounts of Scotland from the 1790s and 1830s/1840s at

(With thanks to the NLS)


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