Wikipedia:WikiProject Medieval Scotland

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Welcome to WikiProject:Medieval Scotland, a collaboration area and group of editors dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of Scotland in the Middle Ages. The scope of the Project is broad, in Scotland all history before the 16th Century is effectively the Middle Ages. Use your best judgement, there are no hard chronological boundaries ... although anything after the Reformation may be pushing it.

The project provides a place for editors to gather and resolve a number of issues which occur with great frequency when writing articles about history for Wikipedia. To that end goals include:

  • Providing a forum to introduce yourself as a contributor to articles on the Medieval Scotland.
  • Providing a forum to announce new or renovated articles on Medieval Scotland that may be of interest to the rest of the group.
  • Suggestions, resolutions, questions, and project creations, best practices HOWTO creation, etc.. all TBD.


A-Class review


In general the Project aims to :

  • Improve the bog-standard articles on medieval Gaelic monarchs of Scotland
  • Expand coverage of every topic, so that Wikipedia can be a genuine source for information
  • Increase the number of Good Articles on medieval Scotland
  • Increase the number of Featured Articles on medieval Scotland

Particular targets include :

Top priority

  • Columba, this is a core Wikipedia article of C quality

High priority

These are the most popular topics in the Project that do not yet have good articles on Wikipedia. Sorted with the most-read in the left column, these articles all get more than 3000 page views per month :

Candidates for FA

All Good Articles or better :

Existing Recognised Content

Featured articles

Good articles

List of Participants

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  • Deacon of Pndapetzim (talk); interested in most topics, but particularly native reactions to Normanization, Mormaerdoms/Earldoms, outside perception and comparative studies with other areas on the periphery of West. Christendom.
  • Angus McLellan; general interest in Medieval European History, but not especially in Scotland to begin with. I have learned something of Early Medieval Scotland, even if it's only how much I still have to learn.
  • KuatofKDY; interested in the rule of various kingdoms and principalities in and around Scotland. This includes the monarchs of medieval Scotland, Pictavia, Dál Riada, Strathclyde, and Moray. Major project to keep all monarchs (here and elsewhere) in line with the succession box forms. Also interested in starting pages for monarchs not yet wikied.
  • An Siarach; Interested in medieval Europe/Britain, especially Scotland and the Gaelic world and the decline of the latter.
  • Mais oui!; Put nicely: I am a generalist. Using a slightly more critical tone: I am a jack of all trades... and master of none. I have no expertise whatsoever to contribute, but I earnestly share your stated aim of raising the quality of Scottish articles (some of the modern ones are just as bad, if not worse).
  • Canaen: I don't expect to be writing whole pages, but I'll help out where I can. Especially interested in early Clan politics, Normanisation, the relationship between Dál Riadan Scots and Picts.
  • Eva db – Scottish heraldry is one of my passions. I'd love to help wherever I can.
  • Brendandh I'm trying to fiddle with the House of Douglas at the moment, but interested in anything from the loss of the Legions to Darien. (Well, most things!)
  • Wjhonson Professional genealogist, biographer and historian.
  • Billreid I'll come to the table from the point of view of Scottish medieval buildings
  • E9 Can I be in this for learning as much as anything else? I love this kind of stuff, while knowing nothing about it.
  • Henry Gough-Cooper; My main interest is in the early medieval history of Scotland and Northern Europe, and Scottish and Continental place-names. I help maintain the Scottish Place-Name Society website [1].
  • MacRusgail: Have already edited some relevant articles, interests are various.
  • Catfish Jim and the soapdish: Rank amateur. Interested in the history of Dundee, Angus and the surrounding area. Medieval History is a particular interest at present.
  • SabreBD: I am a late medieval (and early modern) person, particularly military and social history, and have been trying to improve late medieval articles.
  • Odysseus1479 (talk): Most interested in the Highlands and the period up to & including the reign of Robert I, but by no means a specialist; would be happy to create or retouch maps or other illustrations (heraldic, e.g.) wherever they're wanted, or to copy-edit for grammar & style.
  • Finnrind (Finn Rindahl) Mainly editing Wikipedia in Norwegian (bokmål), and when at this project, mainly concerned with medieval Ireland. But this is interesting stuff - in this for learning as much as anything else?
  • Doug (talk): My interest is in genealogy and heraldry with a focus on the Middle Ages. Currently working through events and activities surrounding the Harlaw campaign by Donald, Lord of the Isles, and the activities of the early Baliol families. I'll help where I can.

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Resources for writing articles

There are an increasing number of medieval Scotland-related material online. Lots of it is with expired copyright, and can be depending on circumstance, copied onto Wikipedia or Wikisource. Here is some of it:

Copyright expired

  • Alan Orr Anderson (ed.), Scottish annals from English chroniclers, A.D. 500 to 1286 (1908)
  • Michael Barrett, A calendar of Scottish saints (1919)
  • Hector Boece, Murthlacensium et Aberdonensium Episcoporum Vitae
  • F. C. Hunter-Blair (ed.), Charters of the Abbey of Crosraguel, vol. 1, vol. 2
  • Edmund Chisholm-Batten, The charters of the Priory of Beauly : with notices of the priories of Pluscardine and Ardchattan and of the family of the founder, John Byset (1877)
  • O. Tyndall Bruce, Liber Cartarum Prioratus Sancti Andree in Scotia (=St Andrews Liber)
  • Alexander Penrose Forbes (ed.), Lives of S. Ninian and S. Kentigern. Compiled in the twelfth century. Edited from the best MSS (1874)
  • George Ernest Gilbanks, Some records of a Cistercian abbey : Holm Cultram, Cumberland (pref. 1899)
  • Sir Maxwell Herbert, The Chronicle of Lanercost, 1272-1346 : Translated, with notes (1913)
  • Cosmo Innes (ed.), The Black Book of Taymouth; With Other Papers From the Breadalbane Charter Room
  • Cosmo Innes (ed.), Carte Monialium De Northberwic; Prioratus Cisterciensis B. Marie De Northberwic Munimenta Vetusta Que Supersunt (1847) (= North Berwick Carte)
  • Cosmo Innes & Patrick Chalmers (eds.), Liber S. Thome De Aberbrothoc (= Arbroath Liber) vol. 1, vol. 2
  • Cosmo Innes & Patrick Chalmers (eds.), Registrum Episcopatus Brechinensis (= Brechin Registrum), vol. 1, vol. 2
  • Cosmo Innes (ed.), Registrum Episcopatus Glasguensis (=Glasgow Registrum), vol. 1, vol. 2
  • Cosmo Innes (ed.), Registrum Episcopatus Moraviensis (=Moray Registrum)
  • Robert Keith, An historical catalogue of the Scottish bishops : down to the year 1688 (1824) (also on Google Books)
  • David Laing (ed.), Liber Insule Missarum (= Inchaffray Liber)
  • David Laing (ed.), The orygynale cronykil of Scotland. By Andrew of Wyntoun, vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3
  • Archibald Campbell Lawrie (ed.), Early Scottish charters prior to A.D. 1153 : with notes and an index (1905)
  • William Forbes Leith, Turgot's Life of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland (1884)
  • David Littlejohn, Records of the Sheriff Court of Aberdeenshire (Volume 1) (1904-07)
  • Origines Parochiales Scotiae, vol. 2, i (Argyle; Isles), vol. 2, ii Ross; Caithness; Argyll; Isles
  • James Balfour Paul, The Scots peerage : founded on Wood's ed. of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland; containing an historical and genealogical account of the nobility of that kingdom (1904-1914), 9 vols.
    vol. 1 (Abercorn-Balmerino) (with kings of Scotland),
    vol. 2 (Banff-Cranstoun),
    vol. 3 (Crawford-Falkland),
    vol. 4 (Fife-Hyndford),
    vol. 5 (Innermeath-Mar),
    vol. 6 (Marchmont-Oxfuird),
    vol. 7 (Panmure-Sinclair),
    vol. 8 (Somerville-Winton),
  • Robert Pitcairn (ed.), Holyrood Chronicle
  • Eben William Robertson, Scotland under her early kings; a history of the kingdom to the close of the thirteenth century, vol. 1, vol. 2
  • Felix James Henry Skene, Liber pluscardensis (also here; in English, here)
  • William Forbes Skene: Celtic Scotland : a history of ancient Alban (vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3), Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots, The Highlanders of Scotland: Their Origin, History and Antiquities
  • Joseph Stevenson (ed.), Lanercost Chronicle
  • Joseph Stevenson (ed.), Melrose Chronicle
  • John Stuart (ed.), Records of the monastery of Kinloss : with illustrative documents (1872)
  • John Stuart (ed.), Records of the Priory of the Isle of May (1868)
  • John Maitland Thomson, The public records of Scotland (1922)

Copyright not expired, varied or doubtful

  • Anglo-Saxon charters
  • Acta Sanctorum Full Text Database
  • Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland (before 1707)
  • Book of Deer's Gaelic Notitiae
  • Roger of Hoveden, Chronica magistri

See also

  • University of Cork Corpus of Electronic Texts (Irish, and some Scottish, historical sources)
  • University of Glasgow Charter Resources


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