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News 2016

Wednesday, 28 Dec 2016

New document sheds light on historic isle.

A 250-year-old census showing the earliest recorded population of the Island of St Kilda has been discovered thanks to work by the National Records of Scotland.

Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016

Olivia and Jack were the most popular first forenames for babies whose births were registered in 2016.

Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016

Provisional figures for vital events registered in Scotland during the third quarter (Q3) of 2016 were published today by National Records of Scotland.

The statistics show 14,257 births, 13,202 deaths and 11,299 marriages were registered between July and September.

Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016

Life expectancy for men and women continues to improve, according to a report published today by the National Records of Scotland.

Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016

National Records of Scotland have today published additional population projections for Scotland based on varying potential levels of European Union migration.

Tuesday, 1 Nov 2016

NRS has awarded our web archiving service contract to Internet Memory Research (IMR). This contract will deliver the technical functions of the new Web Continuity Service, a part of our on-going Digital Preservation Programme.

Thursday, 27 Oct 2016

Scotland’s projected population increase is likely to be unevenly spread across the country, according to a report issued today by the Registrar General for Scotland.

Commenting on the report, National Records of Scotland (NRS) Chief Executive and Registrar General Tim Ellis said:

Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016

In total, 20,503 deaths were registered from December 2015 to March 2016, compared with 22,013 in the previous winter (2014/15), according to statistics released today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Thursday, 29 Sep 2016

The number of people in Scotland living for more than a century has increased over the last 10 years.

Wednesday, 14 Sep 2016

Provisional figures for vital events registered in the second quarter 2016, published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Monday, 12 Sep 2016

The Keeper’s Annual Report for 2016, published under the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011, has been laid in the Scottish Parliament.  It reflects the third year of activity since the Act was implemented.

Thursday, 1 Sep 2016

Members of the conservation team here at National Records of Scotland have attached the formal seal to Nicola Sturgeon’s commission to be First Minster.

Monday, 29 Aug 2016

Planning is well underway for Scotland’s Census 2021. Although 2021 may seem a long way off, the complex systems, processes and services needed will require a huge effort to deliver.

Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016

In total, 706 drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland in 2015, according to statistics published today by the National Records of Scotland in 'Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2015'.

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016

Demographic information about Scotland’s population

Tuesday, 5 Jul 2016

The most famous document in Scotland’s history has been awarded special status by the United Nations.

UNESCO has included the Declaration of Arbroath in its UK ‘Memory of the World’ register. The original document is in the keeping of National Records of Scotland.

Thursday, 30 Jun 2016

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, a special feature highlights the stories of two of the thousands of Scots soldiers who perished on 1 July 1916, the first day of the battle

Wednesday, 15 Jun 2016

Provisional figures for vital events registered in the first quarter 2016, published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

The statistics show that 15,430 deaths were registered in the first quarter of the year – 1,095 (6.6 per cent) fewer than in the same period of 2015.

Thursday, 9 Jun 2016

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday we have created a special feature highlighting documents in NRS which chart her relationship with Scotland.

Wednesday, 8 Jun 2016

The number of households in Scotland has continued to increase, though the rate of growth is smaller than before the economic downturn.