Tuesday, March 05, 2013

New online resource from NLS - 'Gazetteers of Scotland,' 1803-1901

Gazetteers are listings of geographic names which provide historic information about towns, cities and their features. These topographical encyclopedias have traditionally been consulted in paper-form by researchers interested in the local history of places and their antiquities. Now, thanks to a digital project by the National Library of Scotland (NLS), it is possible to browse and search 20 volumes of the most popular descriptive gazetteers of 19th-century Scotland, covering towns, counties, parishes and glens online.

The gazetteers are housed in NLS' digital library which can be accessed at the link below. The text from the paper copies has been transcribed making it possible to search by keyword using the search engine in the left-hand margin. You might find detailed historical and geographical descriptions about Scotland's principal antique buildings and estates useful - search either by name, or alphabetically, by the area in which you know them to be built. Some old illustrations and maps took our fancy...