Scottish Customs and Traditions
Scottish customs and traditions cover a very wide range of topics. Everything
from kilts to golf, bagpipes to whisky, Celtic crosses to Protestant
missionary work ("Dr. Livingstone, I presume"), the
"second sight" to Nessie. Talk about a "rich culture"!
This page presents a wee "hodge-podge" of books that don't
fit too well in the other categories on the site. There's help
with planning a traditional Scottish wedding, finding Scottish
baby names, learning Scottish Gaelic, a few books on a wide range
of Scottish customs, Scottish traditions, and books of Scottish
If you are looking for information on Scottish folklore, please visit
Myths and Legends. That page
has resources on folklore, the fairy world, Scottish witchcraft,
legendary myths such as the Loch Ness monster, and other topics
related to the "fey" side of Scottish life and history.
Scottish Holidays are covered in Christmas
in Scotland, Hogmanay (Scotland's big blast New Year's celebration)
and our History of Halloween (the
Celtic origins of Halloween, from earliest times up to present
day traditions). And Celtic Mythology
covers Druidism and pre-Christian spirituality.
As you can see on the bar to your left, some well-known and beloved
Scottish cultural traditions merit their own pages.
Books on traditional Scottish customs:
Baby names from Scotland. The author gives the history and
origins of Scottish first names, along with detailed information
about famous Scots who've born the names. The names are
in English, not Gaelic, for example: Sean, Alexander, James,
Judith, Margaret, Fiona, etc.
Celtic Names for Children
Gives thousands of variant spellings for Celtic baby names.
Covers name meanings and origins in myths and of saints.
Tells the regions in which baby names were most common.
Includes a pronunciation guide.
The Pocket Book of Scottish Quotations
Well-indexed Scottish quotations from medieval times through the present day.
Handfast : Scottish Poems for Weddings and Affirmations
Delightful collection Scottish love poems, in English, Scots, and Gaelic,
perfect for reading aloud at weddings - find just that perfect poem for your vows, invitations
or for a special toast.
By Sheila Livingstone
A delightful tour of the festivals and fairs celebrated
throughout Scotland. Ms. Livingstone explains the significance
of "Whuppity Stourie", "Hogmanay" and the "Common Ridings",
and reveals why disguise and fire play a role in Scottish
heritage. A great resource on traditional Scottish holidays.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland
Gorgeous photos of some of the most beautiful Scottish villages.
Scotland : An Intimate Portrait
Mr. MacGregor sheds light on the origin of Scotland's
cultural traditions - kilts, bagpipes, etc., in the
context of the history of his people. A lovely book.
Scottish proverbs beautifully illustrated and reproduced
from hand calligraphy, each page is an artistic gem.
Teach Yourself Gaelic Complete Course Audiopack
Learn Scottish Gaelic with this popular, well laid out course of study.
Comes with tapes. The tapes would be fun just to hear
someone speaking the language.
Scottish Gaelic-English/English-Scottish Dictionary
This is a handy, pocket-sized English - Scottish Gaelic
dictionary for beginners or those who just want to look
up words they run across in books.
Seventy Scottish Songs
Edited by Helen Hopekirk
This lovely book of 70 traditional Scottish songs includes
lyrics and piano music. Ms. Hopekirk tells us a bit about
each song as well.
Heritage of Scotland : A Cultural History of Scotland and Its People
Beautifully illustrated, engagingly written, each chapter
focuses on a different aspect of Scottish culture and history.
Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave
By Margaret Bennett
Margaret Bennett covers every aspect of Scottish culture and customs from birth through
death. As a well-known folklorist, Bennett has written a book both scholarly and highly readable.
Scottish Tartan Weddings : A Practical Guidebook
This book has a lot of good suggestions for incorporating
the traditions of your Scottish heritage into your Scottish
Tales And Traditions of Scottish Castles
Nigel Tranter was the best and most entertaining of all Scots historians and historical
fiction authors - a great book.