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National Records of Scotland is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Government. It is responsible for civil registration, the census in Scotland, demography and statistics, family history and the national archives and historical records.[1]

National Records of Scotland
National Records of Scotland logo.png
Non-ministerial government department overview
Formed1 April 2011 (2011-04-01)
Preceding agencies
JurisdictionScotland
HeadquartersHM General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY
Employees430
Minister responsible
Non-ministerial government department executive
  • Paul Lowe, Keeper of the Records / Registrar General
Websitewww.nrscotland.gov.uk

National Records of Scotland was formed from the merger of the General Register Office for Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland in 2011, and combines all the functions of the two former organisations.[2]

The offices of Registrar General for Scotland and Keeper of the Records of Scotland both continue, and are combined in the person of Paul Lowe, Chief Executive of National Records of Scotland

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LocationEdit

 
View of Register House from North Bridge, looking across Princes Street.

National Records of Scotland is based in HM General Register House on Princes Street in the New Town in Edinburgh. The building was designed by Robert Adam for the Register House Trustees, and was opened to the public in 1788.

HistoryEdit

For earlier history, see General Register Office for Scotland and National Archives of Scotland.

The National Records of Scotland was created on 1 April 2011 by the merger of the General Register Office for Scotland and National Archives of Scotland and is a non-ministerial government department of the Scottish Government. It is part of the National Collections of Scotland.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "What we do". National Records of Scotland. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  2. ^ "National Records of Scotland" (Press release). Scottish Government. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2015.

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