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National Records of Scotland

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Phone 0131 535 1314
Address General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY
Access Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 09:00-16:30


National Records of Scotland is Scotland’s national archive.  It holds records dating from the 12th century to the present day including an extensive collection of maps, plans and technical drawings.  Its main collections are the records of Scottish government, records created by courts of law, churches, businesses, landed estates and other corporate bodies, registers of births, deaths, marriages, divorces, civil partnerships, dissolutions and adoptions, and Scottish census records.

Collecting Policy

Collection Highlights

Declaration of Arbroath (1320): This letter to the Pope from the Scottish barons of Scotland is argu...

Soldiers' Wills (1915): Wills of Scottish soldiers who died on active service, including approw. 35,...

Exemplification of Act of Union (1707): Copy of the English act gifted to the Scottish Parliament by...