Resources and databases

Dictionary of the Scots Language

This is a searchable online edition of two historical dictionaries, the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue of Scots words in use from 12th to 17th centuries and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary of Scots words in use from…


This site, maintained by National Records of Scotland, offers free online tuition in palaeography for historians, genealogists and other researchers who have problems reading manuscript historical records written in Scotland in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The emphasis of…

Scotweb’s Scottish History Magazine

This Scottish history site includes details on the Highland clearances, Scottish origins up to William Wallace and the battle of Stirling Bridge.

The Scottish Reformation

This site has information on the struggles between the medieval Catholic Church of Rome and the evangelism of Protestant creeds that resulted in the establishment of Presbyterianism in Scotland and the episcopal Church of England. It looks at the discrimination…

Historic Hospital Admission Registers Project

This site is the home of 19th century children’s hospital records. It provides access to nearly 120,000 individual admission records 1852 to 1914. Registered users (free) get access to more detailed information and the ability to print and download results…

Scotlands Family

This easy to use gateway site highlights an impressive array of free online resources. Categories include births and baptisms; marriages; deaths and burials; censuses; directories; poorhouses; ships and passenger lists; occupations; maps; books; photographs and more.

Cyndi’s List – Scotland

Cyndi’s List is a free categorized and cross-referenced list of links for genealogical research. Currently there are 6,700+ links for Scottish research available.

Electric Scotland

This site has thousands of pages of information covering Scottish history, online books and details on the Scottish, Scots-Irish clans and families. A site search engine is available.