A History of Scotland in Three Books

Kilted clansmen running through the mist! Presbyterian engineers building steamships! But what else do you know of Scotland’s past? Are the stories and legends you know true? More than most countries, the history of Scotland has been interwoven with myth and legend. How might your understanding of Scotland change once you find out what really happened?

Out now!
Out now!
Available 2026

In A History of Scotland, Book One: Foundation, you will learn the usual stuff you might expect. The early Scots really did persevere in resistance to English domination. But you’ll also discover how often Scottish armies made unprovoked attacks on England; the complicated loyalties of the nobility during the Wars of Independence; the grudging nature of Parliaments to grant tax; and the surprisingly early nature of anti-Gaelic prejudice.

The story is told in a three-book series. Book One: Foundation, covers up to the year 1542 and is available now.

“I hae brocht ye to the ring,”

said Wallace,

“now see gif ye can dance.”

Here's some key figures featured in A History of Scotland, Book One: Foundation.

Margaret hadn’t planned to be Queen of Scots. But her boat was shipwrecked fleeing the Norman conquest, landing her in the care of Malcolm Canmore, Scotland’s king…  Read on > 

The Bruce had begged Edward I for the kingdom of Scotland and been contemptuously dismissed. But now his hand had been forced. He would have to fight, or die in the attempt… Read on >

Could a man fly? That was the question Renaissance king James IV was about to have answered by Brother Damien, as he readied to launch himself from the walls of Stirling Castle…  Read on >

Crimthann was in disgrace. He’d started a fight about copyright that killed three thousand men on an Irish battlefield. He was going to have to do something special to atone for it… Read on >

Bonus: Timeline of Scottish History

A lot happened in Scotland between the arrival of humans and the Battle of Flodden in 1513. The timeline below is a compliment to the book.

And there's more! Book Two now available

Did you enjoy A History of Scotland Book One: Foundation? The story continues in:

A History of Scotland, Book Two: Covenant.

Foundation covered up to the year 1542 and the creation and early history of Scotland.

But in that crucial century, everything changed!

Covenant is stuffed to bursting with pivotal moments. The reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Protestant Reformation, religious wars, Union with England, Jacobite rebellions,  Enlightenment, the British Empire, and the answer to the question that underpins the entire period – what made the Scots switch their allegiance from France to England? Covenant covers the years between 1542 and 1815 and is available now.

Had Cain been a Scot,

God would have changed his doom:

not forced him to wander,

but confined him at home.