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The Scottish Nation or the Surnames, Families, Literature, Honours, and Biographical History of the People of Scotland by William Anderson. Published by Heritage Books, Inc., 1540-E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie MD 20716. Volume A. 1890? reprinted 1995. Illustrations. 172 pp. $24 plus $4 p&h. Volume B. 1890? reprinted 1995. Illustrations. 345 pp. $40 plus $4 p&h.

Scottish heritage can often be traced due to the practice of bestowing hereditary surnames, many of which found a permanent record in the many charters and other public deeds that still exist today. One of the purposes of this series is to explain the origins of these surnames, plus give an accounting of the families and the distinguished individuals that bore them.

The baronies of Scotland, associated with hereditary jurisdictions, were viewed as just short of regal, thus an account of these honors provides an account of the territorial supremacy of a name and a family.

This series includes a wide range of people, including some not often met in history but whose skill, labor and genius have added to the greatness of Scotland. Arranged alphabetically, there is a complete account of the surnames, titles, baronies, and general biographies of Scotland. The information about individuals is easy to locate as it is in a larger typeface than material about surnames or titles in general. The books are well illustrated with autographs, sketches and portraits from original sources.

Volume A - includes people like: Dr. Arthur Abercrombie, celebrated Edinburgh physician; Sir Ralph Abercrombie, the hero of Aboukir; the eccentric Dr. Abernathy; the four Dukes of Albany; the three Alexander Kings of Scotland; plus many more.

Volume B - includes people like - David Beaton, Cardinal and Lord High Chancellor of Scotland; Robert Bruce, restorer of the Scottish monarchy; Elspeth Buchan, foundress of the Buchanite religious sect; the famous poet Robert Burns; plus many more.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.4 no.2, 1997