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Welcome to the NRS online public catalogue.
This database contains the fully searchable details of records listed in the electronic catalogue of the National Records of Scotland.

Please use the menu options above to search through our records.

Note that it is not possible to view the actual records online - to view the actual record, or in some cases a surrogate such as a digital image, it is necessary to visit our search rooms in person.

Important information on access to maps and plans (updated September 2012):

Plan access requests should be directed to the Historical Search Room. You will normally be given access to the digital image of a plan in the Historical Search Room, rather than to the original record. For each request submitted only 6 individual plans or 1 bound set of plans (plan book) can be requested at once. Where a plan has not already been imaged, we will aim to make an image available in the Historical Search Room within ten working days of the request being accepted. In certain cases it may also be possible to view a plan remotely on the ScotlandsPlaces website. If we are unable to make a plan available in this way owing to its condition, or for technical, ownership or copyright reasons, it may be possible to inspect the original plan at the Plans facility at Thomas Thomson House, on a Wednesday morning or afternoon, by appointment with the Historical Search Room.
Public access to modern Court of Session (CS) records.

Please note that although Court of Session records (ref:CS) are normally freely open to public access, those dating after 1915 are currently (October 2017) subject to a temporary re-closure pending a sensitivity review. Before visiting our search rooms, please contact our staff for more information.


National Records of Scotland, H.M. General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY; tel +44 (0) 131 535 1314; email: historical_enquiries@nrscotland.gov.uk