A Critical Essay on the Ancient Inhabitants of the Northern Parts of Britain, or Scotland. Containing an Account of the Romans, of the Britains betwixt the Walls, of the Caledonians or Picts, and particularly of the Scots. With an Appendix of ancient MS. Pieces.

  • Innes, Thomas
  • London: Printed for William Innys 1729
  • ESTC T146374.


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FIRST EDITION, 2 vols., 8vo. pp. li, [xiii], 400; [ii], 401-839, [1] + one folding table in each vol. Contemporary sprinkled calf. Title-pages toned, a touch of spotting elsewhere. Sometime rebacked with lighter leather, red labels, preserving earlier endpapers, now a little rubbed, a few corners a touch worn. Shelfmark label of Newbattle Abbey Library to pastedowns, small armorial label in each vol. along with an ownership stamp and inscription of H. Ancram.


The first edition of this important critical history of Scotland, which, despite the author's own biases, offered a necessary corrective to the myths which had formed the basis of previous histories. 'In this work he used precise historical methods to refute the mythic history of Scottish kings. Yet Innes had his own agenda, to vindicate primogeniture in the interest of the Jacobite cause, and his substitution of the Pictish line of kings is exceedingly suspect' (ODNB).

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