National Records of Scotland

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Public Records (Scotland) Bill

Public Records (Scotland) Bill

The Public Records (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 7th October 2010. Copies of the Bill can be found on the Scottish Parliament’s website.

These pages provide information about the background to the Bill. For further information please contact Pete Wadley on 0131 535 1408 or email: [email protected]

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Public Records (Scotland) Bill Sealed (21/04/2011)

The Public Records (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent and was formally recorded in the Register of the Great Seal on 20th April 2011. The Letters Patent signifying Her Majesty’s Assent to the Bill was sealed with the Great Seal by conservation staff of The National Records of Scotland (NRS). This public records legislation was the first in Scotland for over 70 years.

Public Records (Scotland) BillThe historic event was witnessed by the Keeper of the Records of Scotland (George Mackenzie) and two of the Public Records Bill Team (Bruno Longmore and Hugh Hagan). The sealed Letters Patent was archived in NRS as part of our holdings of Parliamentary Acts.

Donald Campbell of NRS Conservation can be seen applying the Great Seal to the Letters Patent. The process involves pouring molten beeswax coloured with vermillion into the Great Seal matrix, a skilled process which has changed little in over 800 years.