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Past Conferences

The Scottish Records Association has been holding conferences on themes relating to Scottish historical records since 1977.

SRA Conference 2021

Net Profit: Sources for the history of Scottish fishing and fishing communities

Wednesday 12 May 2021 online


  • Peter Jones. ‘We cannot see them...they have gone out of our reach’: sources for a national history of Scotland’s sea fisheries in the nineteenth-century
  • Mollie Horne. Aberdeen Harbour Board: engagement in the time of COVID
  • Alison Diamond. The Duke of Argyll and the British Fisheries Society
  • Dorothy Kidd. Fishing and Fishing Communities: a glimpse at National Museums Scotland's collections
  • Jen Gordon. Knitting the Herring: unravelling the histories of fishermen’s ganseys
  • Alistair Stenhouse. An Archaeology of Intertidal Fish-traps in Northern Scotland
  • Lorna Summers. The Coble and the King of Fish: the salmon fishers of Portsoy
  • Iain A. Robertson. Sources Relevant to the Scottish Salmon Fisheries
  • Margaret Ritchie. Casting and Re-casting the Nets: trawling sources for Scotland’s fishing heritage
  • Ann Cameron. Fishing for Films in the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive

SRA Conference 2019

Hidden Histories: on the subject of the use of Scottish archives to uncover stories usually obscured by the records.

Saturday 16 November 2019 at the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

In conjunction with the Centre for Scottish Culture at the University of Dundee 


  • Gordon J Barclay - The Battle for George Square, 1919
  • Jane Brown - A case closeted in the archive: how legacy finding aids conceal LGBT histories, and why this matters
  • Jacqueline Eccles - Redressing the balance in archives: using asylum records to give voice to the under-represented
  • Louise Heren - Sex in the City: why early-20th century sexual violence was an urban working-class issue
  • Jessica Secmezoy-Urquhart - The Fool Is Not Found Wanting In The Household Of The King Of Scots: the hidden history of Renaissance natural fools in the Lord High Treasurer's Accounts of Scotland
  • Margaret McKenzie and Peter E Ross - Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland: a hidden community, a hidden history
  • Marian Pallister - Unlocking the Silence: giving Grace a voice (the letters of Lady Grace Campbell)

SRA Conference 2018

Hence the Name: sources for place-name and personal name research in Scotland

Saturday 17 November 2018, Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. In conjunction with the Scottish Place-Name Society.


  • Dr Meredith Cane. What's in(a) it for you? Fashionable and unique forename research
  • Dr Alice Crook. Personal Naming in Early Modern Scotland: consultation and analysis of the Old Parish Registers
  • Chris Fleet. How to Avoid 'Heathery Buttocks': new developments in online maps, gazetteers and applications
  • Professor Carole Hough. An Online Resource for Berwickshire Place-Names
  • Dr Simon Taylor. Inter Limites Specificatos: some thoughts on place-name research in Scottish records.
  • Dr Joanna Tucker. Cartularies as a Source for Place and Personal Names
  • Robin Urquhart. Where the Heck is Heck? Sources for locating early modern places
  • Dr Eila Williamson. Scotland’s Ordnance Survey Name Books: A ‘treasure trove’ for toponymists

SRA Conference 2017

Putting on the Writs: Scottish court and legal records

Friday 10 November 2017

New Register House, Edinburgh


  • Loren Moulds and Dr Jim Ambuske. Recovering Hidden Histories of Early America and the British Atlantic World with the Scottish Court of Session Records Digital Archive
  • Dr Alan Borthwick. Court of Session Case Study: Donoghue v Stevenson or the Snail in the Bottle
  • Charles Fletcher. Barony and Regality Courts: a case study
  • Fergus Smith. Sheriff Court Records
  • Alison Diamond and Professor Allan MacInnes. Heritable Jurisdictions in Argyll, 1707-1730
  • Dr Jackson Armstrong and Dr William Hepburn. Law in the Aberdeen Council Registers (LACR)
  • Dr Edda Frankot and Dr Claire Hawes. The Records of the Medieval Burgh Courts of Aberdeen
  • Professor Hector MacQueen. Ae Fond Kiss: A Private Matter?

Some earlier SRA conferences:

2016   Records about the NHS before the NHS (Perth, A K Bell Library)

2015   Researching Migrants and Migration (Perth, A K Bell Library)

2014   Common Good and Common Land (Linlithgow Burgh Hall)

2013   Et in Archiva Ego: Artists in the Archives. In conjunction with the Archives and Records

            Association Scotland (Perth Conference Centre)

2012   Diaries and Journals (Glasgow, Renfield St Stephens Church)

2011   Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes (Perth, A K Bell Library)

2010   Scottish Society and the Parish. In conjunction with the Economic and Social History of

           Scotland Society (Stirling Tolbooth)

2009   Researching Big Events and Defining Moments (Edinburgh, Midlothian Chambers)

2008   Nonconformist Church records. In conjunction with the Ayrshire Federation of Historical

           Societies (Troon, Walker Hall)

2008   Printing Records (Perth Conference Centre)

2007   Church Records (Perth Conference Centre)

2006   Records in Private Hands (Dundee, Caird Hall)

2005   Burghs, Trades and Incorporations (Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)

2004   Medical and Health Records (Glasgow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons)

2003   Court Records (Stirling Tolbooth)​

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