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Surnames of Scotland : Their Origin, Meaning and History Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 910 pages
  • Publisher: New York Public Library (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871041723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871041722
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A monumental work giving origin, meaning, and history of Scottish surnames from the earliest times, references to sources--Eugene P. Sheehy -- Guide to Reference Books, 9th ed. (Chicago: American Library Association

Details of the names are drawn from official or other accredited sources, which are duly referred to and catalogued. -- Times Literary Suppliment (London)

About the Author

The late Dr. George Fraser Black, (1866-1948), a noted bibliographer and historical scholar on the staff of The New York Public Library from 1896-1931, spent almost half a century on the research of this volume. Miss Mary Elder Black, who had assisted her father in the preparation of the main text, also supplied the amendments and additions included as an appendix.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By "darbiblio" on October 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
George Fraser Black, Ph.D., compiled this listing of Scottish surnames from public and other records of Scotland throughout the centuries. An impressive and detailed bibliography lists his sources. The listing includes all the variations of spelling for each name, the date when it appeared and the location, and some insights or explanation, where appropriate. The 838 page volume includes a Glossary of Obsolete or Uncommon Scots Words. This is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in Scottish genealogy. It can quickly aid the person who is unsure whether his or her ancestry is Irish or Scottish. I highly recommend this book and am proud to have it in my library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom McVey on October 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Black's book is the most complete book on Scottish surnames available today. Yes, there are no doubt some names not to be found in it but they are few and far between! I have worn out two copies of this book and working my way through the third, but I will replace it when necessary at whatever cost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flying scotsman on September 12, 2011
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"Surnames of Scotland" provides a valuable reference for our Scottish clan organization. We participate in Scottish games and highland gatherings throughout northern California, where we are continually approached by visitors who have questions about their heritage. This well-researched guide gives the documentary history of names appearing in historic records throughout Scotland, along with the date and location of the occurence and ancillary historical information where it is available. For any student of Scottish families, this book provides a very helpful reference. Definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lighthouse on May 11, 2013
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Great reference book for anyone looking into their Scottish ancestry. A little on the pricey side. However, it has met my expectations.
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