Highland  Scotland


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Highland like this:

Highlands, generally speaking, that portion of the mainland of Scotland on and beyond the Grampians, in which the population is (or was) mainly Celtic, and the language Gaelic. The imaginary line between the Highlands and the Lowlands has commonly been regarded as commencing at the mouth of the river Nairn (at Nairn, on the Moray Firth); it runs thence SE. ...

to the Dee (at Dinnet, 4 miles W. of Aboyne, Aberdeenshire); thence S. to the West Water (a headstream of the North Esk, Forfarshire); and thence SW. to the Clyde at Ardmore (opposite Greenock). Some parts of this district, however (notably Caithness), are not marked by the usual physical features of the Highlands.

Highland through time

Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics for historical units named after Highland go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Highland in Scotland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th April 2024

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