The book contains references to people from Inverness-shire, at home and abroad, between 1800 and 1850. Inverness-shire itself was, and continues to be a bastion of Gaeldom, and the home of several important clans, such as the McKenzies, the Frasers, the Grants, the McIntoshes, the McPhersons, the McGillivrays, the McBeans, the McQueens, the Davidsons, the Camerons, and other members of Clan Chattan. The burgh of Inverness was the administrative and commercial centre for the county of Inverness-shire; it was, and is, a major route centre for road and rail traffic. The population of the burgh was around 10,000 people in 1800 and rose to around 13,000 by mid-century.
The information herein is derived from a wide range of sources such as court records, contemporary newspapers and journals, monumental inscriptions, and documents found in archives. Three published sources consulted are worthy of special mention: the Statistical Report of Scotland, compiled between 1791 and 1799; the New Statistical Report, researched between 1832 and 1845; and the publications of the Gaelic Society of Inverness.
The entries in this volume bring together emigrants, their destinations– especially in North America, the West Indies, and Australasia– with their kin who remained in Scotland, and provide the resident’s name, specific location, a date, and the source. In many cases the abstracts also identify the names of kin, occupations, and other pertinent facts.