| As part of its commitment to lifelong learning,
the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) offers three kinds of tuition
in palaeography - the study of older forms of handwriting. Palaeography
is an important field of study for those who wish to read historical
records written in Scotland before the 19th century.
The NAS runs the Scottish Handwriting.com website, offering online
tuition in palaeography for historians, genealogists and other researchers
who have problems reading manuscript historical records written
in Scotland in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The emphasis of
the website is on practical help to improve the palaeographical
skills, rather than on the academic study of Scottish handwriting.
Each year the NAS runs evening classes in palaeography on behalf of the University of Edinburgh’s Office of Lifelong Learning. This practical course in Scottish Handwriting covering the period 1500-1700 is taught by archivists from the NAS at General Register House in Edinburgh. The course runs for 10 weeks from September with a second 10 week term starting in the following January. More information about the course and how to subscribe is available in the Open Studies brochure on the University of Edinburgh Office of Lifelong Learning website. A link to this site is available on the left hand side of the page.
In conjunction with the Scottish Records
Association, the NAS publishes a self-help pack, Scottish Handwriting
1500-1700, containing advice about early modern Scottish handwriting
and examples of formal and informal documents with transcripts.
The pack can be purchased through our publications
page or from the Scottish Records Association website.