The Keeper of the Records of Scotland is one of the statutory titles of the Chief Executive of the National Records of Scotland, Mr Tim Ellis, who took up his appointment in February 2013.
The National Records of Scotland (NRS) was formed on 1 April 2011 by the merger of the National Archives of Scotland (NAS), headed by the Keeper of the Records of Scotland, with the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), headed by the Registrar General for Scotland. NRS is a non-ministerial department within the responsibility of the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture.
The Keeper of the Records of Scotland is responsible to the Scottish Ministers for the management of certain functions of the NRS, and to the Lord President of the Court of Session for the efficient management of the court and other legal records in Scotland. The office of Keeper of the Records of Scotland was created in 1949, although its antecedents date back to the 13th century.