This is a collection of articles and resources aimed at anyone interested in Scotland between A.D. 500 and 1603, from about when the King of Dál Riata moved from Ireland to Argyll to when King James VI of Scotland inherited the English throne. Because medieval Scotland was not isolated from its surroundings in either space or time, there are also some articles concerning related regions and the focus time span is somewhat flexible.
Some of the articles discuss not only what was done in Scotland in the Middle Ages but also how modern people might re-create aspects of medieval Scottish culture. While this may be of direct interest mainly to novelists and historical re-creators (such as those involved with battle re-enactment societies, renaissance fairs, or the SCA), this way of looking at things can also help clarify and illustrate actual medieval practice for anyone.
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Scottish Medieval Bibliography A bibliography of web and paper published books and articles on various aspects of medieval Scotland, including general history, Gaelic Scotland, The War of Independence (1296-1328), languages, towns, and handfasting and marriage. The Literature and Published Primary Sources sections in particlar have a number of links to texts available online.
Scottish Names Resources Pointers to various resources for Scottish names and names from related cultures.
The articles in the Problem Names Project discuss various names and
naming practices about which there are common misconceptions concerning
their use in the Middle Ages or Renaissance. For example, some names and
naming practices that many people today believe to be medieval are
purely modern. Other names and naming practices which were used in one
medieval culture are now mistakenly believed to have been used in
others. Other common misconceptions concern the medieval pronunciation
of a name or whether it was used by men or women in the Middle Ages. If
there are common misconceptions about any aspect of the pre-1600 use of a
name or naming practice, it may be a "Problem Name".
- Scottish Clothing Resources Various articles and resources regarding clothing in premodern Scotland, including a project listing the evidence available for historical Scottish clothing, basic introductions to fundamental issues concerning re-creating both women's and men's clothing, and a discussion of the evidence for plaids worn belted.
The Languages section of the Scottish Medieval Bibliography lists both web and paper published resources for the different languages that were spoken at one time or another during the Middle Ages in the area that is now Scotland.
The Literature section of the Scottish Medieval Bibliography includes links to online works of medieval Scottish literature (mainly poems in Middle Scots, a language related to Middle English, including Barbour's Bruce).
Historical and Modern Maps
- Premodern Maps
- 19th Century Maps
- Old-Maps.co.uk Searchable & zoomable versions of the UK Ordnance Survey County Series 1:10,560 scale First Edition maps, surveyed from 1846-1899. Not all places shown in the maps show up in the search, however it seems to include only villages, towns, and cities, but not geographical features or regions. Has links to Ordnance Survey Get-a-map, so you can find an area in the 19th century map and then see a corresponding area of a modern map.
- Modern Maps
- Ordnance Survey Get-a-map Searchable & zoomable versions of the UK Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 scale maps. Not all places shown in the maps show up in the search, however it seems to include only villages, towns, and cities, but not geographical features or regions. Has links to Old-Maps.co.uk, so you can find an area in the modern map and then see a corresponding area of a 19th century map.
- Streetmap.co.uk Searchable & zoomable maps of the UK based on Bartholomew and Ordnance Survey data. Has many more places included in searches than either Ordnance Survey Get-a-map or Multimap.com, including geographical features (but not regions). Also lists all matches found in a search, not just the first 10 or 15.
- Multimap.com Searchable & zoomable maps of the UK based on Ordnance Survey data. Appears to have 1:25,000 scale maps and more places included in searches than at Ordnance Survey Get-a-map, though not as many as Streetmap.co.uk.
- Image Maps
Scottish Museums and Libraries
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