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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.
Access to maps and plans

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

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. Some of these images are available to view free of charge on the ScotlandsPeople or ScotlandsPlaces websites. Where digital images are available, this is stated in the catalogue. Due to Covid-19, we are unable to provide access to any non-digitised plans, whether through copy orders or in-person visits. These services have been suspended but are under constant review and will be resumed as easing of restrictions allows.

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; tel +44 (0) 131 535 1314; email: [email protected]