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What's not on the National Records of Scotland Online Catalogue?
July 2021
 
Most of the existing paper catalogues in the National Records of Scotland (NRS) are now on our Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). Consequently it is easier for us to say what is not on.
In almost all cases we hold paper catalogues in our Search Rooms for the records listed here. This list does not cover records held by NRS that are still uncatalogued, however.
In many cases there is work underway to complete or convert these catalogues and this is also noted below.
 
Records
Description and notes
BT5 Board of Trade miscellaneous records
C Records of the Scottish Chancery. The list is in OPAC, but not the indexes. Consult paper copies at NRS.
C20 Patent Specifications. There are manuscript indexes available at NRS (C19).
CS Records of the Court of Session. OPAC contains the basic lists of court registers which have to be ordered out and searched to identify the individual processes associated with them. We are transferring the content in the registers into OPAC so that they can be used as an index to surviving processes and to identify actions which took place but for which no processes survive. Index information for the following series will appear gradually in OPAC as work progresses:
  • CS46 (Acts & Decreets, 5th series, 1830-1998). Years 1830-40, 1850-1851, 1878, and 1880-1994 are now on OPAC;
  • CS248-CS249 (Unextracted processes, 2nd Arrangement 1822-1911);
  • CS281 (Bill Chamber Petitions in Sequestrations 1856-1955);
  • CS315 (Curatories and Factories, 1850-1948).
See our online Guides to the Records for more information on these series.
GD3 Papers of the Montgomerie family, Earls of Eglinton. Work is in progress on this collection.
GD28 Papers of the Hay family, Marquesses of Tweeddale. This list is only partially in OPAC.
GD44 Papers of the Dukes of Gordon. This list is in OPAC, except for the detailed sections on title deeds to land.
GD51 Papers of the Dundas family of Melville, Viscounts Melville. This list is in OPAC, except for section 18.
GD55 Charters of the Abbey of Melrose. Work in progress.
GD88 John MacKay Collection.
GD97 Papers of the Edmonstone Family of Duntreath
GD98 Douglas Collection. Work is in progress on this.
GD103 GD103/1 is catalogued in a list published by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
GD115 Burnett-Stuart collection
GD125 Papers of the Rose family of Kilravock, Inverness-shire.
GD126 Papers of E. W. M. Balfour-Melville.
GD129 Papers of the Lockhart Ross family of Balnagown, Ross-shire. Section 2 is on OPAC. Section 1 awaits work.
GD140 Papers of the Steuart family of Coltness.
GD143 Papers of the Wardlaw-Ramsay Family of Whitehill and Tillicoultry.
GD147 Papers of the Baird Family of Elie, Fife .
GD152 Papers of the Hamilton Bruce Family. A small proportion of this collection still remains to be added.
GD153 Papers of the Gilchrist Family of Ospisdale, Sutherland.
GD160 GD160 Papers of the Drummond family of Drummond Castle, earls of Perth. This list is in OPAC, except for the detailed sections on title deeds to land. These will be added at a later date.
GD165 Papers of the Family of Hamilton-Grierson
GD167 Papers of the Blair Family of Blair.
GD179 Dumfries documents
GD182 Records of Montgomerie Flemings Fyfe MacLean & Co., Solicitors, Glasgow.
GD187 John Macleod collection
GD194 Papers of the Bonar Family of Keltie and Kilgraston
GD204 Papers of the Earl of Rothes
GD212 Papers of J Maitland Thomson. Work is in progress on this.
GD218 Ardtornish Estate
GD220 Papers of the Graham family, Dukes of Montrose. Section 1 on title deeds is in progress. All other records are in OPAC.
GD225 Papers of the Leith-Hay family of Leith Hall, Aberdeenshire. Work is in progress on this.
GD228 Papers of the Findlay family of Carnell
GD232 Records of Fraser Stoddart and Ballingall, WS, lawyers, Edinburgh
GD233 Papers of the Cochrane family, Earls of Dundonald. Parts of this collection are already on OPAC.
GD236 Papers of Dundas and Wilson, C.S. The section GD236/1 is not on OPAC, as it requires re-cataloguing. The section GD236/2 is on OPAC.
GD241 Records of Thomson and Baxter, W.S., solicitors (incorporating Campbell and Lamond and Thomson, Dickson and Shaw). Some but not all of this list is now on OPAC.
GD242 Records of Shepherd and Wedderburn, WS, solicitors, Edinburgh
GD244 Records of Skene, Edwards and Garson, WS, solicitors. Parts of this collection are already on OPAC.
GD250 Papers of the Forbes-Sempill family of Craigievar, Lords Sempill
GD267 Papers of the Milne-Home family of Wedderburn. This list is in OPAC, except for some detailed sections on title deeds to land.
GD350 Papers of the Borthwick family of Crookston, Midlothian, Lords Borthwick.
GD421 Records of George Heriot’s Trust. This list is in OPAC, except for some detailed sections on title deeds to land.
GD438 Wallhouse Titles
IT Industrial Tribunals (Scotland)
JC26 Records of the High Court of Justiciary less than 100 years old are not shown in OPAC for data protection reasons.

The High Court case papers (JC26) for the years 1550 to 1787 are currently listed by box only, often with several boxes per year. We are cataloguing these cases individually as resources permit. The cases from 1788 to 1920 are listed on OPAC.
PS Records of the Privy Seal of Scotland. The list of volumes is in OPAC, but not the indexes. See paper indexes in NRS reading room.
RD Register of Deeds of the Court of Session. The list of registers is in OPAC, but not their indexes. Paper indexes for the years 1554-1595, 1661-1702, 1705-7, 1714-15, 1750-2, 1765, and from 1770 to the present are available in the NRS reading room.
RH6 Register House Charters. Work is in progress on this.
RH7 Miscellaneous Charters Post 1600. OPAC provides a box list of these charters. A full index will be added later.
RH22 Audio Recordings.
RS The Register of Sasines.
  • Lists of some of the records are in OPAC. The indexes and abridgements are only available in paper form in the Legal Search Room at General Register House.
  • There is an electronic search tool for sasines from 1781. This is only available in the in the NRS reading room.
  • The Register of Sasines for 1905 onwards can also be searched on payment of a fee using the Registers of Scotland, Scotland's Land Information Service (ScotLIS)
See our online Guides to the Records for more information on this series.
RT The Register of Entails (Tailzies). The list for this series is in OPAC, but not the indexes (RT3/1-3). See paper copies in NRS reading room.
SC11 Records of Kirkwall Sheriff Court. Most of these are held in Kirkwall. They are listed in OPAC but the following indexes to the calendars of deeds recorded in the court, 1732-1775 (SC11/50/10-15) and 1809-1953 (SC11/51) are only available in paper form in the NRS Search Room.
SC39 Records of Edinburgh Sheriff Court. The list is in OPAC, except for the index to civil processes 1830-1900 (SC39/17) which is only available in paper form in the NRS Search Room.
SC44 Records of Dunblane Sheriff Court. The list is in OPAC, except for the index to civil processes 1809-1900 (SC44/22) which is only available in paper form in the NRS Search Room.
SC70 Records of HM Commissary Office, Edinburgh. The list of the records in this series is in OPAC, but not the index to the individual wills and testaments.
  • The index of confirmations to Scottish wills 1876 to 1901 can be seen at ScotlandsPeople and can also be searched electronically in the NRS search room.
  • The index to confirmations 1902-1984 is available only in paper or fiche form in the NRS search room.
  • There is an electronic index for confirmations 1985-1996 which is available in the NRS search room.
UCS Records of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. Work is in progress on this.
 

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