What is the Red Book of Scotland Project? :
Established some twenty-seven or so years ago, 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, male and female alike, and their descendants so as to piece together as comprehensive an account as documentation will allow.
For sources of information, please see the Bibliography section.
Until now access to research has been on a pay-to-view basis however this has brought with it a great deal of new administrative duties which have eaten quite significantly into my daily time. Because of this I have decided to remove these restrictions and will now allow free access. I have to say that this is done with a great deal of hesitancy and as much as I agree that it is essential that new findings are brought into the public domain and shared as a means of advancing knowledge and stimulating discussion, it is also only correct that credit is given where credit is due especially when that information has been at another’s personal cost and substantial time. To my detriment, I have found that plagiarism is rife on the internet and that there are those who take a much more selfish approach and think little of assimilating another’s hard work into their own websites without caring to seek permission or cite the source. Not only is this counter-productive as it promotes hesitancy and wariness to openly share but it is highly unethical especially when there are financial gains for some of these sites.
Therefore, for clarity: you are very welcome to use whichever sections of this work you wish to but where you do, please cite the source otherwise you may well find yourself subject to litigation. Citations can be either this website URL: www.redbookofscotland.net or alternatively the ISBN for the Red Book Project, which is: 978-0-9545628-2-3
In addition to that information currently available on this website, a further 2,500 – 3,000 pages of research also exists. Some of this will be made available here on an on-going basis while the remainder is reserved for the publication of a First Series of The Red Book of Scotland which will extend to 6,000 pages within a seven volume set of publications. Should you be interested in acquiring a set then please contact for further details.
Format & Functionality:
Searching: Individual families can be located in alphabetical order via the "List of Families" link as well as via the general "Search" facility.
Blog: Check the Blog for recent additions, articles and updates.
Should you have any questions or queries on content or require further references for statements made, or even if you wish to discuss a specific entry then I look forward to hearing from you. Similarly, if you would like to make a submission then please do send it along for consideration.
The entire Project is self-funded and as it has been on-going for a number of years exists, it is not eligible for funding from such bodies as the Heritage Lottery Fund. Donations towards research expenses are always gratefully received.
Happy Researching & Good Hunting!