Scotland's Story

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Scotland's Story: A History of Scotland for Boys and Girls
Author H. E. Marshall
Illustrator J. R. Skelton, John Hassall, and J. Shaw Crompton
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject History
Genre Reference
Publisher Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd.
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 428 pp
Preceded by Our Island Story
Followed by Stories of Guy of Warwick Told to the Children

Scotland's Story is book by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall first published in 1906 in the United Kingdom[1] and in 1910 in the United States.[2] It was reissued in 2005.[3] It is about the history of Scotland, and it also has some legends having to do with Scotland. In more recent times the book has been described as "replete with British imperial iconography".[4]

Scotland's Story starts off with the legend of Prince Gathelus,[5] and it ends with King George IV. It ended here because as Marshall says in the book "And here I think I must end, for Scotland has no more a story of her own – her story is Britain's story."[6]

Some of the stories this book includes are those of Macbeth,[7] William Wallace,[8] Robert the Bruce,[9] and the Stewart kings,[10] but there are many more.

The book's depiction of William Wallace, which describes him as paving the way for the union of Scotland with England,[11] has been described as a "romanticised illustration" not "based on any idea of historical reality".[12]


  1. ^ "Enduring mystery of British history's 'lost' storyteller". The Scotsman. August 23, 2005. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Fiction by Authors New and Old for the Spring". The New York Times. January 8, 1910. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "History's gripping when turned into ripping yarns". The Times. November 6, 2006. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ Finlay, R. (1997). "The rise and fall of popular imperialism in Scotland, 1850-1950". Scottish Geographical Journal. 113: 13. doi:10.1080/00369229718736986. 
  5. ^ "The Story of Prince Gathelus". Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  6. ^ "George IV". Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  7. ^ "Macbeth and the Three Weird Sisters". Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  8. ^ "The Adventures of Sir William Wallace". Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  9. ^ "Robert the Bruce-How the Bruce Received a Letter and Struck a Blow". Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  10. ^ "Robert II-The First of the Stewart Kings". Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  11. ^ "Wallace was a unionist hero claims historian". The Sunday Times. August 21, 2005. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  12. ^ Strachan, H. (2006). "Scotland's Military Identity". The Scottish Historical Review. 85 (220): 315–332. doi:10.1353/shr.2007.0026. JSTOR 25529923. 

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