National Records of Scotland

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News 2019

Thursday, 25 Apr 2019

Scotland’s population has continued to increase and now stands at a record high of 5.44 million, the largest population ever in Scotland for the ninth year running, according to statistics published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Friday, 12 Apr 2019

Survey work begins on the Adam Dome.

The main entrance to General Register House (GRH) will be closed from 15 April 2019 until further notice, to allow for specialist consultants to carry out investigation work on the Adam Dome in General Register House, one of the world’s oldest custom built archive buildings still in its original use.

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019

The NRS Customer Survey is now closed.


Friday, 22 Mar 2019

The number of people registered to vote in parliamentary and local elections in Scotland decreased slightly in 2018, according to figures published today by National Records of Scotland. This follows slight increases in the previous two years.

Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019

Olivia and Jack remain the most popular baby names in Scotland, and Smith, Brown and Wilson the three top surnames, according to figures published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019

There were 12,580 births and 14,484 deaths registered in Scotland between 1 October and 31 December 2018, according to provisional figures released today by National Records of Scotland.

Wednesday, 27 Feb 2019

Figures published today by National Records of Scotland show that on average, males born in Scotland in 2015-2017 could expect to live for 77.0 years, 62.3 of those being in good health. Females meanwhile could expect to spend 62.6 years out of a total of 81.1 in good health.

Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019

The Public Records Act (Scotland) Act 2011 says authorities must produce a records management plan. We're reviewing the model plan - please take part in our consultation by 7 March 2019.

Tuesday, 1 Jan 2019

From 1 January, files opened for the first time at National Records of Scotland reveal Scottish Cabinet discussions in 2003.