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

A Private Matter? Robert Burns, Agnes Maclehose & the Court of Session, by Professor Hector MacQueen

  We head back to the law courts this week for a nineteenth century court case with some surprisingly modern themes about privacy and the public interest. On Valentine’s Day this year, Professor Hector MacQueen of the University of Edinburgh joined us at General Register House to share his observations about a court case arising from … Continue reading A Private Matter? Robert Burns, Agnes Maclehose & the Court of Session, by Professor Hector MacQueen

Voices from our Archives: Oscar Slater (1872-1948)

  Crime writer Denise Mina recently joined NRS archivist Bruno Longmore at General Register House to research the 1909 trial of Oscar Slater, who was charged with the murder of an elderly woman in Glasgow. Slater’s trial was highly controversial at the time, attracting critical comments from across the United Kingdom including from Sir Arthur … Continue reading Voices from our Archives: Oscar Slater (1872-1948)

From Disorder to Order: Cataloguing the 19th Century Criminal Case Papers of the High Court of Justiciary, with Simon Johnson

  Have you ever wondered what an archivist does? In this week’s podcast, NRS archivist Simon Johnson opens up the case papers of Scotland’s supreme criminal court in the early 19th Century. Case papers from the High Court of Justiciary provide endless research potential, both as a record of individual cases and as a tremendous … Continue reading From Disorder to Order: Cataloguing the 19th Century Criminal Case Papers of the High Court of Justiciary, with Simon Johnson

Trailblazers: The world’s first football club, with John Hutchinson & Andy Mitchell

Long before there was an Edinburgh derby; before the offside rule and the Wembley Wizards or pies and Bovril there was the Football Club, founded in Edinburgh by John Hope in 1824. It was the world’s first dedicated football organisation, active until 1841, and John Hope’s meticulous records have been preserved among his personal papers here … Continue reading Trailblazers: The world’s first football club, with John Hutchinson & Andy Mitchell

In From The Cold…

National Records of Scotland recently welcomed a group of staff and history students from the University of Iceland at General Register House, Edinburgh. The visit involved an introduction to Scotland’s archives and a seminar to consider Scotland and Iceland’s respective national histories, and the nature and survival of historical records. As part of the visit, our Heads … Continue reading In From The Cold…