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FutureLearn Early Modern Scottish Palaeography: Reading Scotland's Records

University of Glasgow via FutureLearn

  • Overview
  1. FutureLearn
    University of Glasgow
    3 weeks
    3 hours/week
    Paid Certificate Available
    Explore Scottish history and learn more about using historical sources
    Palaeography is the study of ancient handwriting and a vital skill in the historian’s toolkit. It is essential when conducting research on early modern Scotland – a period of profound political, religious and social change the effects of which can still be felt today.

    On this course you’ll travel back through Scottish history by studying material from the National Records of Scotland and other archives. You’ll explore diverse topics in Scotland’s past, get an introduction to various forms of historical sources and develop your own palaeography skills.

    This course is for anyone interested in the history of Scotland, but will be of particular interest to local historians and genealogists.

    What topics will you cover?
    • Learn to read and interpret early modern manuscripts.
    • Obtain specialist skills required to transcribe documents.
    • Develop an understanding of how historical research is conducted.
    • Knowledge of politics, religion and society in early modern Scotland.
    • Become familiar with extant records stored in Scottish archives.
    • Develop expertise in handling the kirk session records of the Church of Scotland.

    Taught by
    Scott Spurlock

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