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A Researcher's Guide to Local History Terminology

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This is a Resource Book of Local History techniques and terminology aimed at helping local history researchers who are studying historical documents which contain many archaic terms, local names for plants and animals, dialect words (Scots, English, Welsh, Cornish, American, etc.), unusual first names, specialist farming terms, legal terms, obscure or rarely used (archaic) words, etc. which are often absent from standard factual sources or are only defined briefly, in outline and often not in context.

This abecedary is designed to be used as a resource for all local history linked researches and as a steadily accumulating bank of information on each topic. Editors are invited to add new words, but to do more than just give definitions, e.g. cite examples, sites for, historical links, trivia, etc.

Researching local history

Abecedary (a list of definitions of historical terminology)[edit | edit source]

Many sources use technical or archaic terms and fail to define them or provide a glossary. The following lists of words and terms are intended to provide clarity of meaning for the majority of researchers.

Bibliography & References[edit | edit source]

  • Aiton, William (1811). General View of the Agriculture of the County of Ayr. Pub. Glasgow. P.61.
  • Anderson, William & Hicks, Clive (1990). Green Man. The Archetype of our Oneness with the Earth. Compass Books. ISBN 0-9517038-1-1.
  • Buxbaum, Tim (1987). Scottish Doocots. Pub. Shire No.190. ISBN 0-85263-848-5
  • Evans, Tony & Green, Candida Lycett Green (1982). English Cottages. Pub. London.
  • Ferguson, Robert (2005). A Miller's Tale. The Life and Times of Dalgarven Mill. ISBN 0-9550935-0-3
  • Foster, A.M. (1988). Bee Boles and Bee Hives. Shire Publications. ISBN 0-85263-903-1
  • Gauldie, Enid (1981). The Scottish Miller 1700 - 1900. Pub. John Donald. ISBN 0-85976-067-7
  • Gillespie, James H. (1939). Dundonald. A Contribution to Parochial History. Glasgow : John Wylie & Co.
  • McKean, Charles (2001). The Scottish Chateau. Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-2323-7
  • More, Daphne (1976). The Bee Book. David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-7268-8
  • Peters, J.E.C. (2003). Discovering Traditional Farm Buildings. Shire Books. ISBN 0-85263-556-7
  • Quiney, Anthony. (1995). The Traditional Buildings of England. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-27661-7
  • Rodger, Donald, Stokes, John & Ogilve, James (2006). Heritage Trees of Scotland. The Tree Council. ISBN 0-904853-03-9
  • Service, John (Editor) (1887). The Life & Recollections of Doctor Duguid of Kilwinning. Pub. Young J. Pentland.

Further reading[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

  • Dymond, David. Researching and Writing History: a practical guide for local historians (British Association for Local History, 1999)
  • Fowler, Simon. Starting out in local history (Countryside Books, 2001)
  • Friar, Stephen. The Local History Companion (Thrupp: Sutton, 2001)
  • Hey, David. Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992)
  • Sinclair, Cecil. Tracing Scottish Local History. Scottish Record Office.(HMSO, Edinburgh 1996)
  • Tiller, Kate. English Local History: an introduction (Thrupp: Alan Sutton 1992)
  • Trubshaw, Bob. How to write and publish local history (Heart of Albion Press, 1999)
  • Winterbotham, Diana and Crosby, Alan. The Local Studies Library: a handbook for local historians (British Association for Local History, 1998)

Magazines[edit | edit source]

  • Economic History Review
  • Agricultural History Review
  • Urban History
  • Past and Present
  • Midland History
  • Northern History
  • Southern History
  • Journal of Regional and Local Studies
  • Local Population Studies
  • Local Historian

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikimedia[edit | edit source]

External[edit | edit source]