Based upon new research, "The History of the Highland Clans" goes beyond the familiar "clans and tartans" treatment to trace the evolution of clanship from the early settlement of Scotland to the modern period. Essays on Highland history and culture explain key concepts and events. Interactive maps reveal the changing fortunes of each clan over time. The clan histories - illustrated with dozens of rarely-seen images - give a full account of the origins of the clans and their legendary feuds. "The History of the Highland Clans" combines these resources and more. You can even download your family tartan! "The History of the Highland Clans" combines 16 essays on various aspects of Highland history, society and culture with histories of over 70 individual clans. Four sections - Clans - Essays - Maps - Gallery - are set out in a rich multimedia environment complete with original music. The essay section traces the evolution of the Highland clans from the earliest settlement in Argyll until clanship's demise in the 18th century, and places it in the context of Scotland as a whole - explaining why clanship developed to the extent that it did in the Highlands, and its links with Gaelic culture. Essays include: Ancient Peoples - Celtic Christianity - Somerled - The MacDonald Lordship of the Isles - The Highlands 1100-1700 - Gaelic Literature - Highland Dress - Fosterage. The enigmatic period before 1700 is covered as fully as possible. The interactive map viewer displays large-scale contemporary maps of old Scotland and clan maps for the period c.1000-1700. Primary source material includes: A Description of the Isles in the 16th century (in Scots), and Gaelic poetry from 8-9th century to the mid-18th century, including St Patrick's Breastplate, Pangur Ban and The Birlinn of Clanranald. The disc also incorporates the full contents of the first 'clan book', The Clans of the Scottish Highlands, published in 1842 with extensive clan histories by James Logan and colour illustrations by R.R. McIan. Easy to use interface and navigation tools. You can even download your favourite tartan and install it on your computer's desktop as a wallpaper! Instructions are given on the inside of the jewel-case packaging. Suitability: The general reader, schools, libraries, and all interested in Highland history and culture.