Scotland’s History Online

TannerRitchie Publishing, a leader in historical digital publishing, and Birlinn Ltd, the foremost publisher of Scottish history books and monographs, have collaborated to create Scotland’s History Online (SHO).

Remote learning has never been more important, and SHO provides access to Birlinn’s growing collection of new and backlist titles in one convenient online destination. Birlinn’s titles have long served as core texts for college and university courses that touch on Britain and Scotland, and now there has never been a better time to make a complete library of Scotland’s most important historical research available to all your users. Subscribers will have access to Birlinn’s newest history titles and backlist, including the complete backlist of the John Donald academic imprint along with titles first published by Tuckwell Press.

Furthermore, TannerRitchie’s custom web interface allows users to carry out fast keyword searches throughout the whole collection via its powerful and innovative virtual desktop.


SCOTLAND’S HISTORY ONLINE – SUPPORTED BY THE STRATHMARTINE TRUST

At Birlinn and TannerRitchie we are proud to be making this wealth of academic and historical work available again through our John Donald and Tuckwell Press eBook programme. Supported by the Strathmartine Trust we now have a huge range of titles available. These vital works will be of interest to anyone studying Scottish and British history, for academics, students and general readers, with more being added all the time.

Birlinn Limited gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of The Strathmartine Trust towards publication of Scotland’s History Online.

You can subscribe to Scotland’s History Online here, to gain access to all Birlinn’s newest publications as well as rare and sought-after backlist titles as part of your subscription, or you can purchase individual books directly from the Birlinn website. You can browse our extensive list below, and discover a treasure trove of Scottish history!


Birlinn Academic eBooks – Supported by the Strathmartine Trust

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jan 2001
    £20.00

    The eighteenth century is often described as the age of reason. This book argues that it should also be considered the age of the passions. Eighteenth-century writers recognised the passions as the springs of human life and actions. They began to…

  • E-Book | Pub: 23 May 2019
    £60.00

    Winner of the Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year 2019 Presiding over an age of relative peace and prosperity, Alexander III represented the zenith of Scottish medieval kingship.  The events which followed his early and unexpected…

  • E-Book | Pub: 19 May 2008
    £30.00

    This study examines the political ambitions and influences of the Balliol dynasty in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in Scotland, England and France. The generally accepted opinion in previous historiography was that John (II), king of Scots…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jan 2001
    £30.00

    During the century and a half of their power the Black Douglases earned fame as Scotland’s champions in the front line of war against England. On their shields they bore the bloody heart of Robert Bruce, the symbol of their claim to be the…

  • E-Book | Pub: 24 Nov 2003
    £30.00

    Feuding had an effect on the history of most of Europe. Scotland provides a fascinating focus for the study of the bloodfeud because feuding survived until remarkably late there, and thus is much better documented than in other European societies….

  • E-Book | Pub: 04 Mar 2008
    £20.00

    Scottish military offensives against England from 1369 were largely the product of government policy, were launched with careful timing and, in the reign of Robert II, involved close co-operation with France. They succeeded militarily, encouraging…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Mar 2011
    £30.00

    The interplay of roles of the Marquess of Argyll, as clan chief, Scottish magnate and influential British statesman, make him a worthy counterpoint to Cromwell. This book reviews Argyll’s formative influence in shaping British frontier policy…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Nov 2021
    £25.00

    Academic writing in Britain and Ireland has tended to treat the histories of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales as discrete subjects of study. This approach is understandable but it does lead to the creation of artificial boundaries within the…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jan 2001
    £25.00

    Published on the tercentenary of what is sometimes knows as “The Glorious Revolution”, this collection of essays examines the events of 1688-89 and discards old myths. American and British historians tackle the subject from different…

  • E-Book | Pub: 20 Jun 2011
    £25.00

    First published in 1926, this book remains the best and most comprehensive guide to the Celtic place-names of Scotland and is essential reading for anyone interested in Scottish history and the derivations of place-names the length and breadth of…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Dec 2021
    £25.00

    The essays in this volume, by distinguished historians, deal with the correlation of the Church and society in Scotland from the birth of Bishop Kennedy at the beginning of the fifteenth century to the reunion of the Church of Scotland with most of…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jan 2001
    £25.00

    Between the early eighteenth and the middle decades of the nineteenth century, Scottish society was transformed by industrialisation, urbanisation and major changes in agriculture and rural society. The rate of town and city growth was among the…

  • E-Book | Pub: 22 Feb 2005
    £30.00

    David II (1329–1371), son of the hero King of Scots, Robert Bruce (1306–1329), has suffered a harsh historical press, condemned as a disastrous general, a womaniser and a sympathiser with Scotland’s ‘auld enemy’, England. Bringing together…

  • E-Book | Pub: 13 Dec 2010
    £30.00

    This book provides the first detailed account of the course of Scottish politics in the reign of Charles II. It focuses on the years from 1667 to 1673, when, for the only time in the Restoration era, Scottish political leaders were able to make…

  • E-Book | Pub: 05 Jul 2004
    £30.00

    This is the first comprehensive and up-to-date biography of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742-1811) and his son Robert, 2nd Viscount Melville (1771-1851). Aided by other members of their family, they ruled Scotland from the 1770s to the…

  • E-Book | Pub: 24 Nov 2003
    £25.00

    This is a study of what was Britain’s leading whaling port. Today, Dundee captains and the city’s whaling fleet have a permanent place in the geography of the world. Cape Adams, Cape Milne, Artic Bay and Eclipse Sound recall an era when…

  • E-Book | Pub: 20 Jan 2004
    £25.00

    Edinburgh’s reformation was one of the last of the great city reformations of the sixteenth century. It took on a highly distinctive shape due to the burgh’s social and economic problems and its position as a cockpit for English policy in…

  • E-Book | Pub: 07 Jul 2022
    £25.00

    The Stewart Dynasty in Scotland series aims to bring the rich political heritage of late medieval and early modern Scotland before as wide a reading public as possible, with specialist authors writing for the general reader as well as the student…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Dec 2021
    £25.00

    Surprisingly little is known of the geographical history of Gaelic: where and when it was spoken in the past, and how and why the Gaelic-speaking area of Scotland – the Gaidhealtachd – has retreated and the language declined. A hundred years ago…

  • E-Book | Pub: 30 Jun 2002
    £25.00

    This comprehensive analysis of the Jacobite mind challenges prevailing stereotypes about Jacobites and provides a detailed history of the Jacobite movement, whose influence on the development of Scotland and the British Isles in the eighteenth…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jan 2001
    £30.00

    Paul Hopkins, an authority on early Jacobitism, sets the Massacre of Glencoe in its true context. The book describes the tensions in the Highlands between the Restoration and the End of the Revolution and the influence on the Highlands of national…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jan 2001
    £25.00

    This is the first comprehensive account of the formation of the Scottish National Party, and it explains the peculiar circumstances in the inter-war era which gave rise to this phenomenon. The text fills a vacuum in one of the most under-researched…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jan 2001
    £25.00

    The Irish were the single largest group of immigrants to Scotland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the original settlers and their descendants have had a major impact on modern Scottish society, culture and politics. This book of…

  • E-Book | Pub: 06 Jul 2015
    £25.00

    In this study of the reign of James II of Scotland, the king is viewed in the context of the Stewart monarchy, from his struggles to overcome his early adversity and the legacy of his father’s style of kingship, to the serious political crises…

  • E-Book | Pub: 25 Mar 2002
    £25.00

    The constitutional and religious settlement in Scotland after the revolution of 1688 largely determined the nature of Scottish politics and of Anglo-Scottish relations up to the union of 1707. King William and the Scottish Politicians examines the…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Aug 2008
    £25.00

    This study explores the history of the western seaboard of Scotland (the Hebrides, Argyll and the Isle of Man) in a formative but often neglected era: the central middle ages, from the mightly Somerled to his descendant John MacDonald, the first…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jan 2001
    £30.00

    This major collection of essays brings together in readily accessible form the fruits of research into the political thought and culture of Renaissance and Reformation Scotland. As a collection, it ranges from detailed studies of the writings of…

  • E-Book | Pub: 21 Dec 2000
    £30.00

    This book provides the first single overview of Labour’s electoral progress in Glasgow from its hesitant steps in the shadow of Liberalism to the moment it became the dominant party in the city in parliamentary and municipal politics. The…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jan 2001
    £30.00

    These essays constitute the first radical reassessment since the nineteenth century of the role of architecture as an expression of lordship and status among Scottish secular and ecclesiastical elites in the period c.1124–c.1650. These studies of…

  • E-Book | Pub: 21 Apr 2015
    £25.00

    The period 1650 to 1790 was such a turbulent one for Scottish seafarers that much of this fast-flowing narrative reads like Treasure Island. Colourful characters abound in a story teeming with incident and excitement: John Paul Jones descends upon…

  • E-Book | Pub: 30 Oct 2008
    £20.00

    This large-scale anthology of early Scottish Literature, now revised, has been designed as a teaching text for use by school and university students. Longer works are either presented complete – e.g. James I, King is Quair; as long extracts…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Nov 2021
    £30.00

    This book is an extended study, in the Post-Reformation period, of the impact of the Gaels in the west of Scotland and the north of Ireland on each other’s religious heritage. Beginning half a century before the plantation of Ulster, Missions to…

  • E-Book | Pub: 25 Jan 2001
    £30.00

    This book analyses the origins, development and impact of British Army recruiting in the Scottish Highlands in the period from 1739 to 1815. It examines the interaction of government, landlords and tenantry. Recruiting is analysed within the context…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Dec 2021
    £25.00

    This collection of essays on early modern Scotland offers ‘new perspectives’ on aspects of Scottish history from 1560 to 1800. Some essays challenge accepted interpretations; others explore subjects and sources that have previously not attracted…

  • E-Book | Pub: 25 Mar 2022
    £20.00

    Like all the Hebrides, North Uist has a fascinating history and a landscape scattered with historic sites, from Neolithic burial chambers, Iron Age forts and medieval churches to battle-sites and townships forged in the days of kelp trade and…

  • E-Book | Pub: 24 Nov 2003
    £30.00

    By comparison with their English counterparts, Scottish nineteenth-century railways have suffered from a degree of neglect by economic historians. Most of the existing literature is written for the railway enthusiast, concentrating mainly on…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jan 2001
    £25.00

    Few Scottish historians are better known than T. C. Smout and fewer still more deserving of the high esteem in which they are held. He has made an outstanding contribution to Scottish historical studies both as an academic discipline and as a…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Nov 2021
    £25.00

    This is the second volume of a three-volume study of Scottish social change and development from the eighteenth century to the present day, originally published by John Donald in association with the Economic and Social History Society of…

  • E-Book | Pub: 24 Nov 2003
    £30.00

    In this way it provides an illuminating perspective and serves as a corrective to both Scoto-centric and Anglo-centric interpretations of events. Previous studies have tended to concentrate on the resources of the main record repositories in London…

  • E-Book | Pub: 10 Aug 2005
    £20.00

    The lifestyle of a Renaissance prince and his court was a work of art in itself: a dazzling spectacle which propagated the power, dignity and fame of the monarch. The domestic routine of the royal household with its palatial surroundings, restless…

  • E-Book | Pub: 08 Sep 2003
    £25.00

    In 1644 a massive Scottish army of Scottish Covenanters moved over the border into England, claiming they were not invading their neighbour but acting to save its liberties, by helping ensure that the absolutist King Charles I did not win the civil…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Nov 2021
    £25.00

    The relationship between Scotland and England has been critical in shaping the cultural and political history of Britain over many centuries, yet historians have rarely devoted much attention to it. This book recognises the importance of viewing the…

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Nov 2021
    £25.00

    This collection of essays presents historical approaches to the links which have existed for over 800 years between Scotland and one of the areas of continental Europe closest to her: the Low Countries. Topics include: Flemish settlers in…

  • E-Book | Pub: 23 Oct 2006
    £25.00

    She is but a Woman, the first in-depth study of medieval Scottish queens, investigates the relationship between gender and power in the medieval Scottish court by exploring the art of queenship as practised by Joan Beaufort and Mary of Guelders,…

  • E-Book | Pub: 12 Dec 2000
    £30.00

    This volume examines the Scottish book trade from c.1500 to c.1720, looking at booksellers, bookbinders, stationers and printers and their relationship to the forces of authority. The scale of the Scottish book trade in this period was surprisingly…

  • E-Book | Pub: 06 Nov 2009
    £30.00

    The Search for Salvation is an innovative and interdisciplinary study of lay faith in Scotland in the later Milddle Ages, examining both the religious ideas and practices of the people, and the ways in which these were shaped by images in…