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Scottish Handwriting 1150-1650

An Introduction to the Reading of Documents

by Grant G. Simpson


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ISBN: 9781906566111
Published: 30 Sep 2009
Format: Paperback
Extent: 148
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: John Donald
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About the Book

Reading original documents is the only way to achieve a sound basis in historical studies and to acquire a true perspective on cultural evolution. Much modern research has been applied to Scotland's history, but until this volume there has been no comprehensive study of the country's handwriting for nearly 250 years. The main body of this book consists of facsimile texts, each facing a detailed transcript and commentary.

The historical background of handwriting usage is surveyed in the introduction, with emphasis on changing fashions. There is also guidance on how to deal with early language and abbreviations. The principal aim is to assist research students, local historians, genealogists and calligraphers in their studies; but this work also recovers a lost chapter in the history of Scottish studies.

The Author

Grant G. Simpson

Grant G. Simpson was Honorary Reader in Scottish History in the University of Aberdeen. A founding member of the Scottish Medievalists, and chair of the Society 1992–4, he was also the author of Scottish Handwriting 1150–1650.