The most distinctive feature of Scotland's history, nationally and internationally, is that of clanship. Although the clans are no longer the social force they once were, the continuing interest in them is testimony to the hold on the imagination that the sense of clan identity still has for very many people worldwide.
However, the desire for knowledge about the great clans and families of Scotland frequently outstrips the ability of published works to satisfy it. The Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia redresses this situation. Beautifully illustrated throughout, and featuring many specially commissioned illustrations, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative work yet published on the subject. It provides the histories and heraldic details of over 300 of Scotland's best known and most famous clans and families, as well as highly informative essays on key elements of clan life and society including:
- The history and development of the clan system
- The law of the clan
- Tartan and Highland dress
In addition, and extensive collection of appendices draws together a wide range of information which has never before appeared in a single volume.
The Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia is the work of a team of renowned specialist and, in addition to their own contributions, has been compiled and edited by George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, respectively the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs; this is the only book to have received the imprimatur of this important and influential organization.
Revised and updated to reflect changes in clan society since its original publication in 1994, the Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia is the definitive single-volume reference work on the Scottish clans and will appeal to everyone of Scottish ancestry throughout the world.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book helps one with Scottish geneology and just getting to know other family histories as well your own. Hopefully accurate and very entertaining to learn the old family tales that are actually true in writing as well as handed down through generations.
Next to Moncrieffe's book on the Highland clans, this is probably the best book about the history and genealogy of Highland families. The information is well researched and as far as I can tell quite accurate. Though some names and histories are missing, it is overall a standout book on the subject of Highland families and their histories. Very good information in an abreviated form on Scottish heraldry.
This encyclopedia is a great reference if you need accurate information about all of the clans, or color photographs to compare all of the tartan colors. It dedicates two pages to each clan, so it contains only a concise history of each of the clans. If you are looking for a detailed clan history or geneological information, this is probably not the book for you.