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Edinburgh: Printed by Thomas and Archibald Constable,
EDMONSTON AND DOUGLAS.
LONDON HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.
CAMBRIDGE MACMILLAN AND CO.
GLASGOW . . » » . . JAMES MACLRHOSR.
HISTORY OF SCOTLAND
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FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF CHRISTIANITY UNTIL
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M. G. J. KINLOCH.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY THE BISHOP OF BRECHIN.
It seems somewhat over-bold to tread in the same path as that over which Sir Walter Scott travelled in the charming Tales of a Grandfather. One well remembers the delight with which, in 1827, the first series of these was hailed. Of it, his son-in-law and biographer justly says :—' The popularity of the book has grown with every year that has since elapsed; it is equally prized in the library, the boudoir, the schoolroom, and the nursery; it is adopted as the happiest of manuals, not only in Scotland, but wherever the English language is spoken.' This encomium is not exaggerated. It has done more to popularize the strongly marked history of Scotland than perhaps any other one work.
But since 1827 Scottish history has received a great deal of attention, and much has been gained by the detection of the forgery of Richard of Cirencester, by the discredit of Hector Boethius and those who copied him, by the rehabilitation of Thomas Innes, by the publication of family histories, charrularies, and the other works