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The Greening Peerage of Scotland: A Genealogical and Historical Account of All the Peers of That Ancient Kingdom; Their Descents, Collateral Branches, Births, Marriages, and Issue. Together With a Like Account of All the Attained Peers; And a Complete Alphabetical List of Those Nobles of Scotland, Whose Titles Are Extinct. Collected From Parliament Rolls, Records, Family Documents, And the Personal information of Many Noble Peers. Also the Paternal Coats of Arms, Crests, Supporters, and Mottoes, Most Elegantly Engraved. Originally published in 1767, reprinted 1995 by Heritage Books, 1540-E Pointer Ridge Pl., Suite 300, Bowie MD 20716. 50, 339 pp. Softcover. Illustrated, index. $25 plus $4 p&h.

For this book, the title almost says it all. The book begins with 96 fine engravings of the paternal coats of arms, crests, supporters and mottoes. The author's goal was to provide a history of the family's lineage as it related to the title and provide a tool where members of the peerage might see how they were related to one another. The lineage of the title and its holders is traced from its first origins to the present owner in the 1760's. Each section ends with summaries of title (form of address), creations (bestowed titles), arms (description), supporters (description), motto and chief seat (not always in Scotland). This interesting book is not always easy to read because of the constant use of the old "f" substituted for "s." There are also no source citations, but if you connect with these families it should be relatively easy to document.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.4 no.3, 1997