For You The War Is Over

Our new exhibition at General Register House, Edinburgh, reveals previously untold stories of Scottish soldiers who were captured on the battlefields of World War I and imprisoned in Germany. On display for the first time from Monday 22 October, soldiers' personal letters and photographs tell their stories from "behind the wire" in their own words, including … Continue reading For You The War Is Over

Voices From Our Archives – Corporal James McPhie VC (1894 – 1918)

Corporal James McPhie is one of 74 Scots who was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the presence of the enemy during the First World War. James McPhie was born in Edinburgh on 18 December 1894, the son of Allan McPhie, commission agent, and Elizabeth McPhie.   Eight members of the McPhie family – … Continue reading Voices From Our Archives – Corporal James McPhie VC (1894 – 1918)

No Vote, No Census – Ruth Boreham on the 1911 Census suffrage protests

  …I begged her not to interfere with me in the performance of my duty and told her I would listen only to her father, and that I would go whenever he asked me. Then she ran off to another room and almost instantly returned with a large brass bell which she kept constantly clanging … Continue reading No Vote, No Census – Ruth Boreham on the 1911 Census suffrage protests

The Hundred Days – Tank Campaign Scotland, 1918

Callander, Perthshire, 7 August 1918 #NRS100Days One hundred years ago today, the people of Callander were treated to a surprising sight as a new and frightening machine arrived on the high street of the Trossachs town. On 7 August 1918, crowds gathered for a look at “Julian” – a Mark IV British Army tank. Men, women and … Continue reading The Hundred Days – Tank Campaign Scotland, 1918

Scotland’s Changing Population

Demographic information about Scotland's population Today we’ve published ‘Scotland’s Population 2017 - The Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends’, which summarises the key trends in Scotland’s population, alongside an infographic report. How is Scotland’s population changing? The population of Scotland is at its highest ever at 5.42 million. It has grown by 5% over … Continue reading Scotland’s Changing Population