Gypsy Traveller history in Scotland

A pictorial timeline
Published on 19 Jun 2017

Gypsy Travellers are largely absent from history or misrepresented and mythologised in our culture and folklore — often in the crudest and most damaging of ways. Their story is often untold or misunderstood, reinforcing their marginalisation in society with denial of identity, visibility and respect.

Montage of timeline photos
Pictorial timeline, print version.

Iriss has produced a pictorial history, borne out of a previous Insight, that sets out to tell the story of Gypsy Travellers in Scotland. It begins in the 10th century with their Indic origins and takes us right through to the present day.

The timeline is available in limited numbers as a large fold-out document, designed to be used as an educational resource either in table-top environments or as a wall-chart. Also on this page is a simplified digital publication version of the timeline, available for download in PDF, EPUB and MOBI (Amazon Kindle) formats – find out more about our document formats.

Gypsy Traveller timeline on office wall
Gypsy Traveller timeline, wall-mounted.

All research and original artwork for this timeline has been produced by Shamus McPhee, a Gypsy Traveller.