Established almost thirty years ago, the purpose of the Red Book of Scotland project is to extract information from primary source evidence to use to piece together accurate and reliable fully reference genealogical and brief historical accounts of Scotland’s numerous designated families.

The results of this research thus far are now published and available in a first series of five volumes extending to almost 5,000 pages. Contents, further information and purchase information can be viewed via the Red Books of Scotland link. The project will complete upon the publication of a second series of six volumes all of which are currently in the research stage.

The Red Books have proved popular with professional and amateur researchers alike. Here are just a few of the comments we regularly receive:

“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.”

“The new Red Book series is superb! Congratulations on an extraordinary job.”

“The Red Book of Scotland is just incredible.”

“What a remarkable work. You are to be congratulated and thanked for all of your hard work.”

In addition to the published material, genealogical accounts of various families are available free-to-view via the “Misc Families” page and our blog contains a variety of research information from further genealogical material to research notes we've collected along the way.

Should you wish to discuss the project’s findings or contribute in some way then we are always delighted to hear from those with a similar interest. Please use the form on the “Contact” page to get in touch.

Please note that this project is entirely self-funded with all proceeds from sales going towards meeting on-going research costs.