West Register House – Two centuries in the heart of Edinburgh

Doors Open Days 2022 has returned to Edinburgh and East Lothian and the theme of this year’s festival is “Standing Strong”, highlighting the value of regular building maintenance and community approaches to looking after buildings and places. As archivists, conservators, and collectors of data, National Records of Scotland (NRS) we cast our eyes down to … Continue reading West Register House – Two centuries in the heart of Edinburgh

Uncovering the history of women’s football in Scotland 1880-1939

This new project, Uncovering the history of women’s football in Scotland 1880-1939, funded by The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) the educational and research arm of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), aims to map the early history of women’s football in Scotland. Although many people believe that women’s football is a relatively recent … Continue reading Uncovering the history of women’s football in Scotland 1880-1939

International Women’s Day: A spotlight on Scottish authors in our records

International Women's Day (IWD) on 8 March acknowledges the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. Each March, we also commemorate Women’s History Month which highlights the contributions that women have made to society throughout the years. 2022 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Stories, which celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, … Continue reading International Women’s Day: A spotlight on Scottish authors in our records

The Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland 350th Anniversary Lectures

In today’s guest post Dr Joseph J. Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms – head of the Lyon Court, a Scottish public body based at New Register House, and colleagues of NRS – looks at upcoming events being held to mark the 350th anniversary of this venerable Scottish institution… Copyright: Army Communications. The Court of … Continue reading The Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland 350th Anniversary Lectures

‘O Tannenbaum’: The root of a Christmas tradition

“O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,wie treu sind deine Blätter!Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.” - Opening lines to Ernst Anschütz's 1824 version of the German song ‘O Tannenbaum’ (O Christmas Tree, or ‘O Fir Tree’), variations of which go back to at least the 16th century. Prince Albert, the consort … Continue reading ‘O Tannenbaum’: The root of a Christmas tradition

250 Years On: Sir Walter Scott and Register House

On Sunday 15th August 2021 we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s most famous poets and novelists. Although a record of his birth is not preserved in the National Records of Scotland (NRS), there is a wealth of material linking him to Register House in Edinburgh (or … Continue reading 250 Years On: Sir Walter Scott and Register House