Wednesday, 23 July 2008

National Archives of Scotland: 21 July 2008

After our tour of the National Library of Scotland we walked through Edinburgh to the National Archives of Scotland. The National Archives are comprised of three buildings: General Register House, West Register House and Thomas Thomson House. General Register and West are accessible to the public while Thomas Thomson is primarily for conservation. The Archives:
"exists to select, preserve, and make available the national archives of Scotland in whatever medium, to the highest standards; to promote the growth and maintenance of proper archive provision throughout the country; and to lead the development of archival practice in Scotland." (

The Archives have over 70 kilometres of records some dating as far back as the 12th century. They continue to try to improve accessibility of these records by various digitization projects and their five websites. One of their digitization projects was the digitization of Scottish wills spanning from 1513 to 1901. In addition, they provide research areas for anyone interested in tracing their heritage. Their public and historical records are available free of charge while their legal documents are provided for a fee.

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