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The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) has been making the archives of Scotland available through its publications since the early 19th century. So whether you are studying history or reading it purely for your own pleasure, our range of publications can help bring the past alive.

Research Guides

 

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors:
a guide to ancestry research in the National Records of Scotland and ScotlandsPeople

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Edited by Tristram Clarke

REVISED SIXTH EDITION, PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2012

This official guide to the records in ScotlandsPeople and the National Records of Scotland is indispensable for family historians, historians and biographers, whether visiting in person or researching online. This revised reprint of the sixth edition is packed with up-to-date information about how to trace Scottish genealogy in the unique treasure trove of Scotland's national archives. New features include searching the 1911 census, pre-1841 censuses, valuation rolls and Roman Catholic records, and how to find prison staff and witches.

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-78027-022-7
Pages: 256
Cost: GBP 12.99

[Buy your copy from the ScotlandsPeople shop]

Tracing Scottish Local History

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Author: Cecil J Sinclair

An authoritative survey of the vast range of material in the NAS - dealing with houses, streets, estates and farms, administrative divisions of Scotland as well as schools, businesses and recreational activities.

‘A winner...clear, concise and entirely user-friendly...a research manual with a human touch’ - The Glasgow Herald

Publisher: HMSO, 1996
ISBN: 0 11 495231 0
Pages: 176
Cost: GBP 7.95

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Scottish Handwriting 1500-1700:
a self-help pack

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Author: Alison Rosie

A step-by-step guide to reading the handwriting of old Scottish documents using facsimiles of documents mainly from the National Archives of Scotland.

‘...a valuable asset to those with an interest in researching Scottish History at source.’ - Family Tree Magazine

Joint publication with the Scottish Records Association.
Publisher: Scottish Records Association and the National Archives of Scotland
ISBN: 1 870874 04 8
Pages: 28 plus 13 facsimiles
Cost: GBP 8.00

[Buy your copy from the ScotlandsPeople shop]


Annual Reports

 

Annual Report of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland 2006-7

Annual Report 2006-07


The 'Annual Report of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland 2006-7' contains a summary of the work of the NAS, and new developments concerning the records and services to the public. Two appendices list records added during the year, and surveys added to the National Register of Archives for Scotland.

Publisher: NAS
ISBN: 978 1870874 53 3
Pages: 72
Cost: GBP £8.50

Copies of earlier reports from 1999-2000 onwards are available at £2.00 each

[Buy your copy from the ScotlandsPeople shop]

Pdf versions of reports from 1999-2000 onwards are available to download on our Annual Report page.

About the NAS collections and buildings

 
Guide to the National Archives of Scotland

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This guide is the first general source of information on the public records of Scotland published since 1905. It concentrates on the records of the pre-Union Kingdom of Scotland before 1707, the courts, the Register of Sasines, the Register of Deeds and other legal records. The guide gathers the expertise of many members of NAS staff, both past and present. It was published jointly with the Stair Society in 1996. The dustjacket shown is not available with the remaining copies.

Publisher: HMSO, 1996
ISBN: 1 872517 10 2
Pages: 253
Cost: GBP £45.00

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'A Proper Repository':
the building of the General Register House

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Author: Margaret H B Sanderson

The history of the construction of the first purpose-built record office in Great Britain, designed by one of Scotland's greatest architects, Robert Adam.

Publisher: HMSO, 1993
ISBN: 1 870874 02 1
Pages: 16
Cost: GBP 2.50

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Robert Adam and Scotland:
Portrait of an Architect

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Author: Margaret H B Sanderson

A fully illustrated account, based on original letters and other papers, which focuses on the architect's relationship with Scotland in the context of his wider career.

'...an excellent brief biography'

Publisher: HMSO, 1992
ISBN: 0 11 494205 6
Pages: 153
Cost: GBP 9.95

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Treasures of the National Archives

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A selection of some of the most important and treasured documents in the National Archives of Scotland, ranging from the Declaration of Arbroath 1320 to the first Act of the new Scottish Parliament and a schoolboy's jotter written by one of the last inhabitants of St Kilda.

Publisher: HMSO, 2000
ISBN: 1 870874 42 0
Pages: 56
Cost: GBP 9.95

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Posters

 
Declaration of Arbroath:
colour poster

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Published to coincide with the 675th anniversary, this full colour poster comes complete with a translation and background notes detailling the history behind this important document in Scottish history. Measures 100 x 70 cms (39.5 x 27.5 ins).

Publisher: National Archives of Scotland
ISBN: 011 495 300 7
Cost: GBP 4.95

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