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Th­ese can be amaz­ingly use­ful but treat them with a de­gree of scep­ti­cism. Many con­tain mis­takes and some have been known to ex­ag­ger­ate links to in­ter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal fig­ures. Writ­ten in re­sponse to pub­lic un­rest at poor liv­ing con­di­tions, the Com­mis­sion is a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the hard lives of or­di­nary High­landers in the 19th cen­tury. Its web­site is found at

Dig­i­tal copies of all four vol­umes are at­searchold/napier-com­mis­sion.

A won­der­ful re­source al­low­ing you to read on­line many old books that are out of print or dif­fi­cult to get hold of. Paul found sev­eral his­to­ries of Shet­land on here. Other fam­ily his­tory-re­lated ti­tles in­clude parish records, court records and gazetteers.

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