The History of Scotland, From The Union of The Crowns on The Accession of James VI. to The Throne of England, to The Union of The Kingdoms in The Reign of Queen Anne. With Two Dissertations, Historical and Critical, on The Gowrie Conspiracy, And The Supposed Authenticity of Ossian’s Poems. In Two Volumes.

  • Laing, Malcolm
  • London: Printed by A. Strahan 1800
  • ESTC T147815.


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FIRST EDITION, 2 vols., 8vo, pp. vii, [i], 544; [ii], 488. 19th century half calf, marbled boards, spines divided by triple gilt rules between blind rolls, black morocco labels, edges sprinkled red. Worm trails to final gathering of each volume, those in vol. 1 more substantial and touching a few characters per page with no loss of sense. A little soiled and rubbed, spines slightly darkened. Armorial bookplates of Rev. George Edmond Cotter to pastedowns, his ownership signature to title-page of vol. 1.


Advocate and historian Malcolm Laing's (1762-1818) history of Scotland appeared after his completion of the late Robert Henry's History of Britain in 1793 and was expanded into a 4-volume second edition in 1804. It is particularly of interest for the inclusion of the dissertation on Ossian's poems, 'a severely negative and insensitive criticism of James Macpherson's supposed Gaelic translations' (ODNB). The dissertation on the Gowrie conspiracy is by Laing's Edinburgh contemporary John Pinkerton.

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