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The National Records of Scotland (NRS)

The National Records of Scotland (NRS)

Over 130,000 plans - estate, architectural, railway, road, mines and public utilities, mainly for Scotland (late 17th century to date).

Over 15,000 technical drawings (19th and 20th centuries).

Publications include Descriptive List of Plans in Scottish Record Office (HMSO, Vol.1 (1966); Vol.2 (1970); Vol.3 (1974); Vol.4 (1988)).


HM General Register House EDINBURGH EH1 3YY

Main contact

Historical Search Room, HM General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY

Telephone number

0131 270 5803 (Plans Officer) / 0131 535 1334 (Historical Search Room)

E-mail address

Opening hours

Historical Search Room is open Mon-Fri 0900-1630. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day (and day after), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Local Spring, and Autumn Holidays.


Access by reader's ticket for research purposes only.
Access will normally be given to a digital image of a plan in the Historical Search Room, rather than to the original record. For each plan access request submitted to the Historical Search Room only 6 individual plans or 1 bound set of plans (plan book) can be requested at once.


Where a plan has not already been imaged, NRS will aim to make an image available in the Historical Search Room within ten working days of the request being accepted. In certain cases it may also be possible to view a plan remotely on the ScotlandsPlaces website,

If NRS is unable to make a plan available in this way owing to its condition, or for technical, ownership or copyright reasons, it may be possible to inspect the original plan at the Plans facility at Thomas Thomson House, on a Wednesday morning or afternoon, by appointment with the Historical Search Room.


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