Welcome to the Red Book of Scotland Project:

Now in it's 28th year, the aim of The Red Book of Scotland Project is to "conduct extensive research within existing original documentation and use the information contained therein to assemble genealogical accounts of each of Scotland’s designated families from their earliest origins to as far forward in time as possible." Unlike many other works of genealogy, this project does not confine itself to extolling the social attributes of senior most members of each family but, instead, it is broad-ranging and is focused on identifying as many family members as possible, male and female alike, and their descendants to piece together as comprehensive an account as documentation will allow.

Research Findings:

The First Series of The Red Book of Scotland is available via this website. This is a five-volume work and is the first in a two series set that will eventually comprise eleven volumes in total.  Contained in this series are in-depth and fully-referenced genealogical accounts of about 1,000 of Scotland's principal families. Each volume extends to almost 1,000 pages. For further information including sample content, or to purchase, please follow the Red Books of Scotland link.


What has been said of the project thus far?

"I am writing on behalf of the Baillie Collection held by the Scottish History area here at the University of Glasgow. We would like to acquire a set of the Red Books for staff and postgraduate researchers."

"I just want to say that your Red Book of Perthshire is incredible"

"This is a simply wonderful resource!  I can only imagine the years of dedication, research and thought that has gone into producing it.  I'm very grateful that you've made it available"

"You have done a huge amount of research which will be very helpful to genealogical enthusiasts"

"I purchased a digital copy of this in September 2013. It has been a great help in my quest for knowledge of the Stewart and Robertson families from which my husband descends. I would love a copy of the updated version"

"I am full of admiration that you have now produced a "final" version of the Red Book of Perthshire, to which I look forward"

"At the recent clan gathering, we had a member who could display an amazing Robertson female-line descent back to the Tutor of Lude, thanks to the Red Book"

"We have also recently been in contact with Steve Boardman at Edinburgh University. One of his students is writing a thesis on the Robertsons of Lude and has found the Red Book a great aid"

"A very well done on the Red Book of Fife; a worthy addition to the series and I am really looking forward to the others, once complete"

We are "a' Jock Thamson's bairns"

There is a no more appropriate saying than that when it comes to Scottish ancestors and a question regularly asked by visitors to the website is if the project only deals with "posh" families and not "commoners." The standard response has become an unequivocal "no." Scottish society was so small and close-knit for so long that the greater majority of those of Scottish descent share many of the same ancestors multiple times over. For example,  in circa 1810, General David Stewart of Garth estimated that in the Atholl district of Perthshire alone there were then living about 2,000 descendants of King Robert II. Many of these people we would now regard today as "common" but in genealogical terms, they were simply descended from younger sons of younger sons and although wealth and possession may have dissipated the further removed they traveled from a principal line, this does not impact upon the simple genetic facts of the matter.  The Red Books contain Kings & Queens, Dukes, Earls, Baronets, Clan Chiefs, Doctors, Professors, Engineers, Soldiers, Merchants, Ministers, Cowherds, Paupers, Rebels & Villains alike and without distinction.





This project is entirely self-funded. All purchases and donations go towards on-going research costs.