‘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

Ancestry Research: Lightbulb Moments and False Trails

A chance discovery last year, in one of our registers inspired NRS Registration casework officer Rachael Lloyd to investigate the life of Malvina Wells – born into slavery in Grenada, and later making a life for herself in Edinburgh in the 1800s. Little did Rachael know that while she was researching her article Frances Macdonald, … Continue reading Ancestry Research: Lightbulb Moments and False Trails

“Stench, Corruption and Filth”: The Leith Plague of 1645

Empty streets, self isolation, physical distancing...  Not scenes from 2020 as you might expect but Leith in 1645, the year the bubonic plague ravaged the port and killed over half of its population. Scotland was no stranger to the plague. The country had suffered waves of the disease ever since the time of the Black … Continue reading “Stench, Corruption and Filth”: The Leith Plague of 1645

The “Radical Rising” of 1820, Part One

Conserving the Evidence of a Revolution NRS archivist Simon Johnson and conservator Jackie Thorburn recently collaborated on a six-month project to improve public access to the trial papers of the Scottish ‘Radical Rising’ of 1820. This facilitates our plans to mark the 200th anniversary of the Rising in September 2020. In the first of two … Continue reading The “Radical Rising” of 1820, Part One

Producing Sub-Council Area Population Projections

A support package is now available on the NRS website to help you to generate your own sub-council area projections. This work was funded by NRS and delivered in partnership with Professor Ludi Simpson (Manchester University) and Dr Alan Marshall (Edinburgh University). Why produce sub-council area projections? NRS routinely produce population projections at Scotland and … Continue reading Producing Sub-Council Area Population Projections

NRS #LockdownLearning

Online Learning Resources Our archives, records and statistics can tell us fascinating stories about the past and the present while offering a glimpse into the future. Although we’re unable to deliver our usual talks and workshops at present, our online resources can assist with teaching all ages, from primary and secondary pupils to college/university students … Continue reading NRS #LockdownLearning