National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

Events, Talks and Visits

Events, Talks and Visits

We host a variety of events, talks and visits, including lectures on historical themes and records, introductory talks on family history, school workshops and visits by groups in further and higher education and evening classes in palaeography. The seminar facility at New Register House Dome can be booked for meetings and conferences.

Talks and visits

National Records of Scotland talks programme

All NRS talks and events are free, except for ScotlandsPeople sessions as noted, and they take place in General Register House or New Register House. Please see our location map. Places can be booked during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9.00 – 16.30) via the General Register House Reception on 0131 535 1314, or by following the 'Book Online' links below.

Please be aware, we ask visitors to register for our talks by following the 'Book Online' links below. However due to last minute cancellations there are often additional spaces available on the day. In this instance, any additional spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information call the Reception or email:

19 February 2019, 1.00 - 2.00pm, New Register House
Royal Celtic Society
Donnchadh Bàn MacIntyre – a Gaelic poet in Edinburgh

Dr Anja Gunderloch, Lecturer, Dept of Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh

Around 1767, Donnchadh Bàn Macintyre, then in his mid-40s, arrived in Edinburgh to take up a position in the Edinburgh Town Guard and settled in the city for the rest of his long life. A leading Gaelic poet, in 1768 the first edition of his poetry was printed, to be followed by two more. A considerable achievement, as Donnchadh Bàn was largely non-literate. Celebrated especially for his nature poetry, Donnchadh Bàn's range of verse also includes praise poetry to aristocratic patrons and to humbler characters. The aftermath of the last Jacobite Rising occasioned some political comment although generally this element is relatively muted. There are humorous songs that poke fun at his own mishaps and the misadventures of others as well as a few satires targeted at people who annoyed the poet. He also tried his hand at competition poetry in praise of Gaelic and the music of the pipes. The poet died in 1812 and is buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard where he is commemorated by a fine monument. 

Tickets at door: £5 (£2 Students, Members and Senior Citizens)
For more information about the Royal Celtic Society and their other events please visit the RCS Website.

14 March 2019, 2.00 - 3.00pm, New Register House
Learning more about ScotlandsPeople

Iain Ferguson, ScotlandsPeople
Book Online via Eventbrite

Iain Ferguson from ScotlandsPeople will introduce the service and provide some helpful hints and tips for ancestry-hunting on the ScotlandsPeople website.

There will be time given at the end for questions.

Talks and visits for groups in further and higher education

We deliver a limited number of specialised talks and workshops for groups of undergraduate and postgraduate students visiting with their tutors to investigate particular topics. Similarly, we can accommodate a small number of visits each year from local history or other specialist interest groups. Such visits are by appointment only.

To make enquiries, please contact: or telephone 0131 535 1354.

Services for Schools

Our Services for Schools is designed to support the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and National Qualifications in the form of workshops and online resources for Scottish primary and secondary schools.

Evening Class

Archivists from the NRS run evening classes in palaeography on behalf of the University of Edinburgh's Office of Lifelong Learning. This practical course in Scottish Handwriting covering the period 1500-1700 takes place at General Register House.

New Register House Dome Seminar Facility

The New Register House Dome is a unique venue, purpose-built to house the Scottish birth, death and marriage records dating back to 1553. The Dome Seminar Facility can be booked for meetings and conferences.