National Records of Scotland

National Records of Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Clàran Nàiseanta na h-Alba) is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Government. It is responsible for civil registration, the census in Scotland, demography and statistics, family history, and the national archives and historical records.[1]

National Records of Scotland
Non-ministerial government department overview
Formed1 April 2011 (2011-04-01)
Preceding agencies
HeadquartersHM General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY
Minister responsible
Non-ministerial government department executive
  • Paul Lowe, Keeper of the Records / Registrar General

National Records of Scotland was formed from the merger of the General Register Office for Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland in 2011, and combines all the functions of the two former organisations.[2] The offices of Registrar General for Scotland and Keeper of the Records of Scotland remain separate, but since 2011 both have been vested ex officio in the Chief Executive of National Records of Scotland, currently Paul Lowe.[3]