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The Discovery of Scotland: Primary Materials, c.1750-c.1830

The Special Collections Department of the University Library contains several collections that include books and other materials that are of relevance to this class, including rare eighteenth-century books about travel and landscape in Scotland. In particular, students should explore the Rare Books Collection and the Robertson Collection. The latter, based on the personal library of John Robertson (1912-1991), contains rare material on the history and description of Glasgow, Scottish topography and travel history, canals, and Scottish tours from the 17th to the 20th century.

Guidebooks and Descriptions

An Account of the Principal Pleasure Tours in Scotland (Edinburgh, 1819, 1821).

Black, Adam and Charles Black, Black's Picturesque Tourist of Scotland (first edition: Edinburgh, 1840).

Chambers, Robert, The Picture of Scotland, 2 vols (Edinburgh, 1827).

Cook, Thomas, Handbook of a Trip to Scotland (Leicester, 1846).

Denholm, James, The History of the City of Glasgow, To which is Added a Sketch of a Tour to Loch Lomond and the Falls of Clyde (Glasgow, 1798).

A Description of the Most Remarkable Highways and whole known fairs and Mercats in Scotland (Edinburgh, 1711).

Duncan, James, The Scotch Itinerary, Containing the Roads through Scotland, on a New Plan (Glasgow, 1805).

Graham, Alexander, Description of Six Parishes in Perthshire (1724).

Graham, Rev. Patrick, Sketches Descriptive of Picturesque Scenery, on the Southern Confines of Perthshire; including the Trosachs, Lochard, &c, together with Notices of Natural History, By Patrick Graham, D.D., Minister of Aberfoyle (Edinburgh, 1806).

Graham, Rev. Patrick, Sketches of Perthshire (Edinburgh: Peter Hill and J. Ballantyne; London: Longmans, 1812).

The Gazetteer of Scotland (Dundee, 1803).

Heron, Robert, Scotland Described: or a Topographical Description of all the Counties of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1797).

Heron, Robert, Scotland Delineated: or a geographical Description of every Shire in Scotland (Edinburgh, 1799).

Lumsden, James & Son (publishers), Steam Boat Companion and Stranger's Guide to the Western Islands and Highlands of Scotland (Glasgow, 1825).

M'Nayr, James, A Guide from Glasgow to Some of the Most remarkable Scenes in the Highlands of Scotland and to the Falls of Clyde (Glasgow, 1797).

Morer, Thomas, Short Account of Scotland (London, 1702).

The New Picture of Scotland, 2 vols, (Perth, 1807).

Scotland Delineated, or a Geographical Description of every shire in Scotland (Edinburgh, 1791).

The Scottish Tourist and Itinerary or A Guide to the Scenery and Antiquities of Scotland and the Western Islands (Edinburgh, 1827).

Sinclair, Sir John, ed., The Statistical Account of Scotland (1791-99): this, along with the second and third statistical accounts of Scotland, is available in electronic form (with an Athens account and password) via the university library catalogue or directly at

[Margaret Oswald?] A Sketch of the Most Remarkable Scenery near Callander of Monteith; Particularly the Trosachs (1st edition: Stirling, 1800).

The Traveller's Guide Through Scotland and its Islands (Edinburgh and London, 1814). [my edition of this is dated 1811 and is the fifth edition]

The Traveller's Guide, or a Topographical Description of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1798).

Diaries, Journals, and Travel Accounts

Aktinson, Thomas, Three Nights in Perthshire (1821) (Creag Darch, 1994).

Boswell, James, Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (1785).

Bristed, John, Anthzplanomenoz, or a Pedestrian Tour through part of the Highlands of Scotland in 1801, 2 vols (London, 1803).

Brown, Raymond Lamont, Robert Burns's Tour of the Borders (Ipswich, 1972).

Brown, Raymond Lamont, Robert Burns's Tour of the Highlands and Stirlingshire (Ipswich, 1973).

Buchanan, Rev. John Lane, Travels in the Western Hebrides, from 1782 to 1790 (London, 1793).

Campbell, A., A Journey from Edinburgh to Parts of North Britain (1802).

Carr, John, Caledonian Sketches, or a Tour through Scotland in 1807 (London, 1809).

Cobbett, William, Cobbett's Tour in Scotland, ed Daniel Green (Aberdeen, 1984).

Combe, William, The Tour of Doctor Prosody in Search of the Antique and Picturesque, through Scotland, the Hebrides, the Orkney and Shetland Islands (London, 1821).

Cordiner, Charles, Antiquities and Scenery of the North of Scotland in a series of letters to Thomas Pennant, Esq (London, 1780).

Defoe, Daniel, A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-26), abridged and edited by Pat Rogers (London and New York: Penguin, 1971, 1986).

Garnett, Thomas, Observations on a Tour through the Highlands and Part of the Western Isles of Scotland, 2 vols (London, 1800).

Gilpin, William, Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1776, On several parts of Great Britain; Particularly the High-lands of Scotland (1789).

Grant, Anne M., and John P. Grant, Letters From the Mountains: Being the Correspondence With Her Friends, Between the Years 1773 and 1803 of Mrs Grant of Laggan, in 2 vols (London, 1845, sixth edition).

Heron, Robert, Observations made in a Journey through the Western Counties of Scotland in the autumn of 1792 (Perth, 1793).

Hogg, James, Highland Tours: The Ettrick Shepherd's Travels in the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles in 1802, 1803 and 1804, with an Introduction by Sir Walter Scott, edited by William F. Laughlan (Byways, 1981).

Homer, Philip B., Observations on a Short Tour Made in the Summer of 1803 to the Western Highlands of Scotland (London, 1804).

Johnson, Samuel, Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775).

'A Journey to Scotland' (1790) MS 15905, NLS.

Knox, John, A Tour Through the Highlands of Scotland and the Hebride Islands in 1786 (London, 1787).

'A Lady', A Journey to the Highlands of Scotland with Occasional remarks on Dr. Johnson's Tour (London, 1776).

Lettice, John, Letters on a Tour Through Various Parts of Scotland in the Year 1792 (London, 1794).

Leyden, John, Journal of a Tour in the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland in 1800 (William Blackwood, 1903).

Macculloch, John, A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland … Comprising an Account of their Geological Structure; with Remarks on their Agriculture, Scenery, and Antiquities, 3 vols (London, 1819).

Macculloch, John, The Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland, 4 vols (London, 1824).

Macky, John, A Journey through Scotland (London, 1723).

Martin, Martin, A Description of the Western Isles of Scotland (1703), introduced by Charles W.J. Withers and R.W. Munro (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 1999).

Mawman, Joseph, An Excursion to the Highlands of Scotland and the English Lakes (London, 1805).

Murray, Sarah, A Companion and Useful Guide to the Beauties of Scotland (1799), ed. William F. Laughlan (Byways, 1982). .

Newte, Thomas, [William Thomson], A Tour in England and Scotland in 1785 (London, 1788).

Nodier, Charles, Promenade de Dieppe aux Montagnes d'Ecosse (1821), translated into English as Promenade from Dieppe to the Mountains of Scotland (Edinburgh: W. Blackwood; London: T. Cadell, 1822).

North, Christopher [John Wilson], Recreations of Christopher North, 3 vols. (Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1842).

The Northern Excursion; or the Highland Village (Glasgow, 1818).

Pennant, Thomas, A Tour in Scotland, 1769 (1771), introduced by Brian D. Osborne (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2000).

Pennant, Thomas, A Tour in Scotland and Voyage to the Hebrides, 1772 (1774), edited by Andrew Simmons with an introduction by Charles W.J. Withers (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 1998).

Ryland, William Deane, 'Journal of a Tour in Scotland during the long vacation of 1823' (1823), ACC 8801, NLS.

Selwyn, Elizabeth, Journal of Excursions Through the most Interesting Parts of England, Wales, & Scotland (London, 1823).

[Shaw, Stebbing], A Tour, in 1787, from London to the Western Highlands of Scotland (London, n.d.).

Southey, Robert, Journal of a Tour in Scotland in 1819 (London: Murray, 1929).

Spence, Elizabeth Isabella, Sketches of the Present Manners, Customs, and Scenery of Scotland (London, 1811).

Spencer, Frederick Charles, Journal of a Tour to Scotland (Oxford, 1816).

Stewart, David, Sketches of the Character, Manners and Present State of the Highlanders of Scotland; with details of the Military Service of the Highland Regiments, 2 vols (Edinburgh, 1822).

Stoddart, John, Remarks on Local Scenery & Manners in Scotland During the Years 1799 and 1800, in 2 volumes (London: William Millar, 1801).

Thompson, William, A Tour of England and Scotland (London, 1788).

Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands, 1848-1861. [David Duff, ed., Victoria in the Highlands: The Personal Journal of Her Majesty Queen Victoria (London: Muller, 1968).]

Walker, Carol Kyros, Walking North with Keats (Yale University Press, 1992).

Walker, Carol Kyros, Breaking Away: Coleridge in Scotland (Yale University Press, 2002).

Wilkinson, Thomas, Tours to the British Mountains: with the descriptive poems of Lowther, and Emont Vale (London, 1824).

Wilkinson, Thomas, Tour of Scotland (London, 1824).

Wordsworth, Dorothy, Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland (1803), ed. Carol Kyros Walker (Yale University Press, 1997).

Youngston, A.J., Beyond the Highland Line: Three Journals of Travel in Eighteenth Century Scotland (Collins, 1974).


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