Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Historical Accounts of Northern Scotland

Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland by Samuel Johnson. This is a travel narrative of an 83-day journey that Johnson made with his Scottish friend, James Boswell, in 1773. In particular, they cover the islands of the Hebrides.

Burt's Letters by Edmund Burt. This is a collection of letters that Edmund Burt wrote in 1730 from northern Scotland, specifically from Inverness, to acquaintances in London. His accounts include daily life experience from cooking, personal hygiene (the standards of which shocked him), to weddings, funerals, public executions, and witch activities.

Everyday Life on an Old Highland Farm (Parts I and II), by I.F. Grant.

Memoirs of a Highland Lady, an autobiography by Elizabeth Grand of Rothiemurchus (1787-1885).
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  1. Thank you for sharing! I have had a very difficult time in finding books specific to Scotland; these are wonderful!

  2. Rowan, I'm glad you found the resources helpful. I hope to add to them.