Whether as explorers or missionaries, tourists or emigrants, for centuries Scots have written about their experiences away from their native land.
Now, for the first time, the National Library of Scotland has made listings of material relating to 'Scots Abroad' available for consulting online. Four databases, relating to accounts of visits, to correspondence, and to guides written for emigrants, can be accessed:
- 'Scots in North America', covering personal accounts of visits, from the 17th century onwards;
- 'Emigrants Guides' to North America and to Australia and New Zealand, from the early 19th century to the late 20th; and
- 'Emigrants' Correspondence', listing letters and papers from the Manuscripts collections, mostly listing correspondence from the 19th and 20th centuries (but going as far back as 1685).
Find out what wealth of resources the Library has by searching the 'Scots Abroad' databases in our online catalogues section.
3 October 2002