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NEW! Historic Books on CD-ROM
Now you can have information that was previously only available to the
scholars! Original copies of these books can only be found in a few libraries
and private rare-book collections. Now you can have them too, on these
Windows and Mac compatible CD-ROMs.
and Highland Dress CD-ROM
By H. F. McClintock. Originally published in 1943.
202 pages + illustrations.
This classic volume provides a detailed look at the dress of the
Scottish Highlanders, and the Irish, in ancient times. It provides
a wealth of information on the dress of these two closely related
Many of the illustrations are drawn from rare, archival sources.
They are invaluable in understanding the development of both men's
and women's dress. Covers a time period from earliest times through
the eighteenth century.
Chapters on Ireland include: Up to Strongbow's Invasion, 1169 A.D.;
From Strongbow's Invasion to the Year 1500; 16th and 17th Century
Chapters on Scotland include: Up to the Year 1600, The Saffron Shirt
in Scotland; 17th Century, The Belted Plaid; 18th Century, Origin
and Introduction of the Kilt. There's also a chapter on the dress
of the Isle of Man.
Scottish Weapons & Highland Targets and Shields CD-ROM
By James Drummond, R.S.A., F.S.A. Scot.
Two books on one disc!
Highland Targets and Shields was published in 1873, in an edition
of only 50 books. 35 pages + illustrations.
Ancient Scottish Weapons was published 8 years later, in 1881,
in an edition of only 500 books. 138 pages + illustrations.
Without question, Ancient Scottish Weapons is one of the most
important guides to Highland armor, arms and equipment ever compiled.
Along with the author's shorter work, Highland Targets and Shields,
these two books provide detailed illustrations and information about
armor, shields, swords, dirks, powder horns, pistols, muskets, and
axes. Also includes brooches and some other Highland dress items.
This CD-ROM is an essential books are essential for the military historian,
the artisan, or the costumer.
Septs, & Regiments of theScottish Highlands CD-ROM
By Frank Adam, F.S.A. Scot. Originally published in 1907.
546 pages + illustrations.
Possibly the most famous book on Scotland published in the 20th century!
Clans, Septs & Regiments of the Scottish Highlands is a classic
reference work for all who have an interest in Scotland.
When it first appeared in print, it was the first real attempt to
present a complete study of the Highlands. It includes large sections
on the Highland clan system, the clans themselves, Highland surnames,
Highland garb, tartan, Highland music, the Celtic languages in Britain,
the destruction of the clan system, Highland regiments, Lowland regiments,
the Highland clans after Culloden, and armorial bearings of the great
There are also illustrations of the various stages and sorts of Highland
dress, maps showing Scotland's development through the centuries,
and color illustrations of 114 tartans.
Still as useful as a detailed reference as it was a century ago, Clans,
Septs, and Regiments should be on every good Scots-American's shelf!
Highland Dress CD-ROM
By Matthew A. C. Newsome. 60 pages.
(Not a historic reprint. Published in it's original form as a book
Not a historic reprint, but just as good (or better!). Matthew Newsome
is a true modern scholar. He presents information here that is useful
and interesting to anyone with an interest in Scottish history.
His quest for information on early Highland dress is presented both
in text and in illustrations, in chapters titled: The Leine, A Leine
Pattern, The Early History of the Kilt, Pre-Culloden Tartans, Gaelic
Footwear, and The Sporran. There is as well an extensive bibliography
referring the reader to additional sources for information on this
most elusive of topics.
An excerpt from the book's introduction:"When one begins to research
the history of Highland dress, it quickly becomes apparent that prior
to the seventeenth century reliable information becomes hard to find,
if available at all. Books may have a few introductory paragraphs
dealing with this early period, but whole chapters detailing the characteristic
tartans and plaids of seventeenth and eighteenth century Scotland.
To be fair the historic record is not nearly as complete for this
earlier period as it is for later centuries.... Here, in this little
volume, I hope to share the fruits of that research, dispel some myths,
and with any luck inspire the reader to further investigation...