History Guides

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In addition to our popular magazine History Scotland we also publish a growing range of digital guides to Scottish history, available to download for your device. Choose from the selection below and be sure to sign up to the History Scotland e-newsletter to receive the latest news on new digital guides direct to your inbox.

 

Celebrate Scotland

Everything you need to enjoy your best ever spring and summer in Scotland! Includes:

- Travel

- WIN a two-night break on the Isle of Skye

- Mary Queen of Scots trail

- Enjoy the Snow Roads in summer!

- Exclusive interview with Lucy Worsey - Queen Victoria's love of Scotland

- Island guide - beautiful Isle of Bute

- Ancestry 

- Expert tips on planning ancestral visit to Scotland

    
    History Guide
£3.99

 

Note: Apple and Google – History Guide available as an in-app purchase. Download the History Scotland app and select the relevant issue to download.

                                                                                                                    

John Knox's Edinburgh Exclusive Video Special! 

- Twitter's 'Castle Hunter' David Weinczok's exclusive video for History Scotland

- Enjoy David's video tour around the Edinburgh that John Knox would have known: including John Knox House and St Giles Cathedral 

- BONUS content - your guide to exploring the medieval mansion John Knox House

- John Knox statues in Edinburgh 

    
    History Guide
£2.99

 

Note: Apple and Google – History Guide available as an in-app purchase. Download the History Scotland app and select the relevant issue to download.


 

Discover the real story of Mary Queen of Scots with this limited edition souvenir magazine published to coincide with the new Focus Features film, starring Saoirse Ronan. The 48-page guide explores the history behind the woman who became queen at six days old, was widowed at eighteen and went on to become one of Scotland’s most beguiling yet controversial monarchs.

 

Includes: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS with the film's director Josie Rourke, historian Dr John Guy whose books inspired the film, and actress Eileen O'Higgins who plays Mary Beaton.

    
    History Guide
£4.99

 

Note: Apple and Google – History Guide available as an in-app purchase. Download the History Scotland app and select the relevant issue to download.

ALSO AVAILABLE AS A SOUVENIR PRINT EDITION - ORDER NOW & WE'LL DELIVER TO YOUR HOME!


 

                                                                                                                    

Scotland's Highland Clans 
What were the Highland clans, how did the clan system work and why did it disappear?

In this special article we explore the history of Scotland's clans and explain why the legacy of the clans is still so important. Discover the origins of Scotland's clan system, why it fell into decline, and the revival of the clans and their modern-day importance.

    
    History Guide
£0.99

 

Note: Apple and Google – History Guide available as an in-app purchase. Download the History Scotland app and select the relevant issue to download.


 

Digital Guide
 500 Years of Scottish Women  

Explore more than five centuries of remarkable Scottish women in this collected edition, which brings together the best content from History Scotland magazine, showcasing the achievements of Scottish women from different walks of life. 

We explore: 

  • Why queen Marie de Guise took up arms against her own subjects 
  • The rivalry that shaped a century between the House of Stewart and the House of Tudor 
  • How the practice of midwifery developed over the centuries 
  • The witchcraft trials of Early Modern Scotland 
 

 

  
  History Guide
£2.99
 

 

Note: Apple and Google – History Guide available as an in-app purchase. Download the History Scotland app and select the relevant issue to download.


History Scotland Essays #2
Power, Politics and Protocol
The Stewart monarchs at Stirling Palace

John G Harrison explores why King James V of Scots chose Stirling as the location for a splendid royal palace, looking at:

  • How the palace was used the royal court
  • Why the king and queen deliberately decided to dine in public
  • How the different rooms were used by James V and his successors
  • The importance of spectacle to the royal Stewarts
    
    History Guide
£0.99

 

Note: Apple and Google – History Guide available as an in-app purchase. Download the History Scotland app and select the relevant issue to download.


 

  

Outlander Unofficial Guide

This digital guide from the publishers of History Scotland tells the real story of the Jacobites and their fight for the crown.

Highlights include: 

  • The history of key buildings featured in the series
  • Who were the Jacobites and what were they fighting for? 
  • Ideas for creating your own Outlander-inspired tour

Discover the true history behind the Outlander books and TV show.

 

  
  History Guide
£2.99
 

 

Note: Apple and Google – History Guide available as an in-app purchase. Download the History Scotland app and select the relevant issue to download.


 

Robert the Bruce and the Battle of Bannockburn

Follow the life of Scottish king Robert the Bruce, victor of the momentous Battle of Bannockburn of 1314 in this digital special all about the Outlaw King.

 

    
    History Guide
£2.99


Note: Apple and Google – History Guide available as an in-app purchase. Download the History Scotland app and select the relevant issue to download.

 


 

Trace Your Scottish Ancestors

Our selection of resources will help you piece together a rich picture of your family’s past in Scotland. 

The key records you need to start searching are available online, so you can jump right in. By following our advice in Tracing your Scottish ancestors you’ll gain a solid understanding of how to research family in Scotland – and we’ll show you some historic resources to really stretch your skills too.

From Family Tree magazine.

    
    History Guide
£4.99

 

Note: Apple and Google – History Guide available as an in-app purchase. Download the History Scotland app and select the relevant issue to download.


 

History Scotland Essays #1
The Scots' Defeat at Pinkie in 1547
New light on how and where

In this special research essay by Dr David Caldwell, we explore new information on what actually happened at the battle of Pinkie and review the evidence for where the battle took place.

 

    
    History Guide
£0.99

 

Note: Apple and Google – History Guide available as an in-app purchase. Download the History Scotland app and select the relevant issue to download.