Sketches of the Character, Manners and Present State of the Highlanders of Scotland: With details of the Military Service of The Highland Regiments.

  • Stewart, David
  • Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable & Co. 1822


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FIRST EDITION, 2 vols, 8vo, pp. xiii, [i], iv, 536; viii, 445, [3], xcviii + folding chart and folding hand-coloured map. Later slightly amateurish half sheep, marbled boards, spines divided by gilt rules, red morocco labels. Some scattered foxing, handling tear to folding map, some offsetting of map to title page. Rubbed, joints cracked and sometime conserved, hinges relined. Armorial bookplates of Henry Rowland Brandreth to pastedowns.


Major-General David Stewart of Garth (1772-1829) served in the Black Watch, where his commanding officer's request for a history of the regiment was the starting point for this book which became a foundational work in clan history. An evangelist for highland dress, he founded a society to promote the highland culture and was praised by his friend and fellow-member Sir Walter Scott as 'Honest Garth... a highlander of the old stamp.'

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