Guidance for depositors
|The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) gives advice
to depositors on the care of their records. This section contains
information and forms required by those involved in depositing records
in the NAS from government departments, non-departmental public bodies,
courts, legal bodies and the Church of Scotland.
The NAS accepts records of the Scottish Government and its agencies,
its predecessor the Scottish Office and non-departmental public bodies.
In general, records which relate to devolved matters are held by the
NAS while the records of reserved matters are deposited with The National
Archives (London) although there are a number of exceptions such as
Scottish customs and excise records, which the NAS keeps.
Courts and legal bodies
The Court and Legal Records Branch (CLRB) of the NAS is responsible
for taking in Court and legal records including the Scottish courts; supreme courts: the High Court of Justiciary
and the Court of Session; the sheriff courts and the Crown Office
and Procurator Fiscal Service. CLRB also take in records from the
Accountant in Bankruptcy and Registers of Scotland.
The church collections
form a significant proportion of the holdings of the NAS, which is
the recognised national repository for records of the Church of Scotland,
and its constituent predecessor churches. The NAS has an agreement
with the Church of Scotland for the deposit of church records that
are more than 50 years old and not still in use. It also holds agreements
with a number of local authority archives, who look after the church
records for their area on behalf of the NAS. Records of other churches
such as the Methodist and Scottish Episcopal churches are also held
by the NAS.