Scottish Maritime Records: 1600-1850 by David Dobson. Originally published in 1996 in Fife, Scotland. Reprinted by Clearfield Publishing Company, 200 E. Eager Street, Baltimore MD 21202. 1997. Illustrated. 32 pp. $8.50 plus $3.50 p&h.

This slim booklet is not a how-to book. It is rather an anecdotal collection illustrating the types of records that are available for researching your Scottish sailor during the 1600 to 1850 time period. It provides information for the: Royal Navy; Merchant Navy; Fishing; Whaling; Smuggling; Privateers and Pirates; Slave Trade; Court Records; Museums and Archives.

This book is difficult to use as a reference because there is no table of contents. In addition, within the text there are numerous references given for other printed sources. Unfortunately these sources are often not fully cited, nor are they to be found in the select bibliography found at the end of each section. In fact, the source may be found in a bibliography in a different section of the book. This reviewer found the sources frustrating to find and follow. This book provides a quick and easy introduction to the subject of Scottish Maritime Records, but it's one the reader will soon outgrow.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.4 no.5, 1997