Bibliography of Edinburgh History

The ‘go to’ place to explore the wealth of what’s been written about Edinburgh’s past

The OEC online Bibliography of Edinburgh History brings together a remarkable collection of more than 2,000 items – books, chapters, journal articles, and dissertations – covering the rich heritage of the city.

You may well be amazed by what you can find amongst publications dating from Maitland’s 1753 History of Edinburgh and Leith.

The content ranges in time from prehistory to modern times and across themes: social, cultural, economic, architectural, etc. The villages and communities of Edinburgh feature too.

We have made it freely available, given our desire to make it easier for anyone to pursue their interest in the city’s history.

We continue to update and enlarge the collection and have recently added a further 144 articles, 113 books, 28 chapters and 11 dissertations.

Using the Bibliography

The Bibliography is housed on , the widely used tool for collecting, organising, citing and sharing research.

Zotero opens with a display of all the Bibliography records in alphabetical order by title.

There you can:

  • BROWSE by document type (for example ‘Journal articles’) or within subject categories (for example ‘Biography’) by following the directory tree in the left-hand pane, or
  • SEARCH in either the full list or a subject or document type by using Title, Creator or Year keywords in the search box at top right.
  • ORDER your list by double-clicking a heading in the heading bar above the list.

Clicking on any entry in a list displays a bibliographic record in the right-hand pane.

SELECT either a single entry by clicking on it to see full bibliographic records, or multiple entries using <ctrl/click> (or <command/click>on a Mac); or a sequence of entries with <shift/click>.

You can VIEW your selection by clicking on the bookshelf icon (tooltip ‘Create Bibliography’) above the heading bar.

DOWNLOAD your entries using the ‘Copy to clipboard’ button. You can choose another citation style for your list. (For best results check that ‘English (UK)’ is selected as Language).

Obtaining documents cited in the Bibliography

Literature contained in the Bibliography can be tracked down via libraries and bookshops, and online. Click HERE for advice on finding what you want.

Maintaining the Bibliography

No bibliography is ever complete. It was compiled by Dr Malcolm Noble and we have already commissioned him to produce an update in early 2022. Read more about Malcolm Noble’s work in building the Bibliography for the OEC in his recent article, ‘Finding Edinburgh’s Pasts’, in the Book of the Edinburgh Club, New Series Volume 16, 2020.

You can help us by reporting any missing items either by using the online form or by mailing

Improving the Bibliography: please let us have your suggestions and report any issues you experience in using the Bibliography to

Terms of Use

PLEASE NOTE that information in the Bibliography is made available for the purpose of research and private study only. For any other further uses, please contact the Old Edinburgh Club at