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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. If you prefer to ask for copies, sight unseen, then please use our contact form.

Whilst we make every effort to produce records which have been requested, in some instances we are unable to do so. Occasionally, documents might not be available because of their physical condition or because they are being used for an exhibition. Where digital or microfilm surrogates have been created you will be informed and given access to these instead of the originals.

Distressing Language

NRS holds records which may contain distressing content and distressing language. To ensure the integrity of the record, NRS cannot and should not alter, edit or modify original documents. We recognise that we have a duty of care both to our staff and users. We are working to highlight these records and address distressing language that appears in descriptions as a result of attitudes and biases of their time. This process is on-going and will be subject to continuous feedback and improvement.

While this work is ongoing, if you encounter distressing language in our catalogues and feel able to do so, please contact us.

Access to maps and plans

Original maps and plans will not be produced in the Historical Search Room.

If you wish to view a map or plan you will need to let us know in advance. Maps and plans which have already been digitised may be viewed on the ‘Virtual Volumes’ system on the computer terminals in the Historical Search Room. Where digital images are available, this is stated in the catalogue. Some of these images are also available to view free of charge on the ScotlandsPeople website. 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.
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 Unit at Thomas Thomson House, on Tuesdays and Thursdays (morning and afternoon), by appointment with the Historical Search Room.

For more information please see our maps and plans research guide.


National Records of Scotland, H.M. General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY; email: [email protected]