Annals of Scotland, from the Accession of Malcolm III, in the Year MLVII to the Accession of the House of Stewart in the Year MCCCLXXI. - Sir David Dalrymple of Hailes, Bart. 1819 - Archibald Constable & Co. and Fairbairn & Anderson., Edinburgh - Third Edition Two volumes, encompassing Dalrymple’s greatest work, the third volume, which comprised of Dalrymple’s other historical writings is not included.

‘Lord Hailes's most important contribution to literature was the
Annals of Scotland, of which the first volume, From the accession of Malcolm III, surnamed Canmore, to the accession of Robert I, appeared in 1776, and the second, From the accession of Robert I, surnamed Bruce, to the accession of the house of Stewart, in 1779. It is, as his friend Dr Johnson justly described this work at the time of its appearance, a ‘Dictionary" of carefully sifted facts, which tells all that is wanted and all that is known, but without any laboured splendour of language or affected subtlety of conjecture’.’
  Sir David Dalrymple, 3rd Baronet, Lord Hailes (October 28, 1726 – November 29, 1792) was a celebrated Scottish advocate, judge and historian, born in Edinburgh.

He was educated at Eton, and studied law at Utrecht. In 1748 upon his return to Scotland from Utrecht he was admitted an Advocate. It is said that as a pleader he attained neither high distinction nor very extensive practice, but he rapidly established a well-deserved reputation for sound knowledge, unwearied application and strict probity, and in 1766 he was elevated to the bench in the Court of Session where he assumed the title of Lord Hailes. Ten years later he was appointed a Lord of Justiciary.

‘His writings are distinguished by sound judgement, acuteness, fidelity, accuracy, and candour rarely equalled. In accuracy he is not approached by any historical writer of his time. It is his most characteristic quality. The writer of the preface to an octavo edition of his ‘Annals’ very justly observes that “an historian was wanting whose principal endowments were a sagacious spirit of criticism to distinguish truth from falsehood, and a freedom from prejudice to let that truth be known. He wages war in every page with credulity and imposture, and his industry in exploring the sources of authentic history is equally commendable with the zeal which he has shown in clearing these sources from every taint of fiction.” The historical documents and state papers, which have been discovered since his day, testify strikingly to his wonderful correctness in many details that would have been passed over by an ordinary historian. The deep research, scrupulous fidelity in examining authorities, as well as the acute judgment and judicious spirit of investigation for which he was so remarkable, admirably fitted him for the branch of historical inquiry on which he entered, and his Annals continue to be consulted and followed by all writers desirous of attaining to the truth on the most obscure portion of our national history. It is only to be regretted that he stopped at a period of no less interest, the accession of the House of Stuart.’ [
The Scottish Nation]

Provenance: Professor David Fyfe Anderson (1904-88), Scottish surgeon, with his name dated 1949 to front free endpapers.

pp. [4] viii 458 [9
Tables Shewing the Succession of the Kings of Scotland] [5]; [4] [6] 467 [5].
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