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Scottish Archives

Are you undertaking research using Scottish archives? Have you considered submitting an article to Scottish Archives, the journal of the Scottish Records Association? Articles in this annual, peer-reviewed journal, focus on the use of and interpretation of Scottish archives and historical sources both within Scotland and further afield. The Editors will consider any submission that makes use of archival material to explore historical matters relevant to Scotland. Article length should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words, but longer submissions may be considered. Under our Green Open Access Policy, articles are published on the Association’s website one year after print publication which enables your research to be disseminated to a wide audience.

Please contact the Editors, Charlotte Berry and Cathryn Spence at: if you wish to propose or submit a paper.

If you have already published a book, you might like to consider sending a copy for review to our Reviews Editor who can be contacted at:

The Editorial Team at Scottish Archives look forward to hearing from you!

Guidelines for authors (pdf)

Open Access Policy (pdf)

The contents for each volume of Scottish Archives are listed below. Articles (from 2011) are available online minus images. A small number of back copies of the journal with images are available for purchase, mainly to existing members of the Association. If you are interested in obtaining back-copies of previous journals please contact the Membership Secretary. Or why not become a member to secure your own copy of Scottish Archives each year? Further details are available on the Membership page.

Scottish Archives Volume 28 (2022)

  • Mollie Horne, Aberdeen Harbour Board: Audience Engagement in the Time of COVID
  • Robert Fell, ‘It happened at the berry-time when Travellers came to Blair’: Traveller Voices in Tobar an Dualchais / Kist o Riches
  • Amy Blakeway, Reformation and Record Keeping: Dundee’s Sixteenth-Century Burgh Books
  • Thomas Brochard, Sports in Scottish Burgh and Notarial Records, 1500-1700, Part 2
  • Viviene E. Cree, Learning from the Past: The Life and Adventures of Mr George Robertson Nicoll
  • Ross McGregor and Cheryl McGeachan, Undetected Medical Histories: William Macewen as Police Surgeon
  • Kirsty M. Stewart, Resources on Fish, Fishing and Fisheries in the School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh

Scottish Archives Volume 27 (2021)

Scottish Archives Volume 25/26 (2019-2020)

Scottish Archives Volume 24 (2018)

Scottish Archives Volume 23 (2017)

Scottish Archives Volume 22 (2016)

Scottish Archives Volume 21 (2015)

Scottish Archives Volume 20 (2014)

  • H Buchanan, Dead Flies, Dust and Tax Demands
  • L Roscoe, The Illustrator and the Archive
  • K Baker and B Casebow, The Benefits of Creative Residencies: The Bartholomew Archive
  • F Baseby, The Private Affairs of Artists: Researching Private Archives
  • K Meehan & A Strang, 'The Advantage in Buying Modern Pictures': Letters from the Scottish Colourist F.C.B. Cadell to his Patron Ion Harrison
  • K Meehan, Finding Fergusson: Tracing the Life and Work of a Scottish Artist
  • S Waters, Rescue and Recovery: Working with Glasgow School of Art’s Archives after the Mackintosh Building Fire
  • A Groundwater, Ben Jonson's 'Foot Voyage' to Scotland in 1618: Assembling the Corroborative Evidence
  • A Allen, Finding the Builders: Sources Lost and Extant for Edinburgh's Incorporation of Mary's Chapel
  • F Simm, The Archives of George Heriot's School; D Kidd, The Scottish Life Archive

This volume includes indexes to volumes 11 to 20 of Scottish Archives, by author and by archive repository and record collection.

Scottish Archives Volume 19 (2013)

  • G Mackenzie, Changing the Framework: Reflections on Records and Archives in Scotland, 2001-12
  • J Chambers, Keepers and Archivists: Will They Be the Same Person Again?
  • M T R B Turnbull, Scottish Catholic Archives: A 2013 to Remember
  • P Whatley, Scottish Catholic Archives: Looking to the Future
  • A Macleod, Painting Time: The Highland Journals of John Francis Campbell of Islay
  • O Geddes, Stephen Place’s Journal: A Footman’s Visit to Scotland in 1832
  • A Kenny, The Great Exhibition of 1851: Tracing the Scottish Contribution
  • S M Nisbet, Sugar and the Early Identity of Glasgow: Glasgow Planters in the Leeward Islands, c. 1650-1750
  • P A Gunn, 'Beyond Rubies and Pearls and Diamonds': A Manuscript Collection Recovered
  • L Williams, 'To Amuse for an Hour'? Materiality, Femininity and Performance in the Scrapbook of Lady Maxwell
  • A Cameron and K Croll, University of Strathclyde Archives 
  • L. Gould, Lothian Health Service Archives

Scottish Archives Volume 18 (2012)

  • A Durie, An Ancient Researcher Laments
  • C Paton, Genealogy and the Use of Online Resources
  • H Parker, Family, Finance and Free Will: Marriage Contracts in Scotland, c.1380–1500
  • G Davis, Sexual Snapshots: Departmental Committees and their Value to the Historian of Sexuality
  • M Johnstone, Work Journals as Historical Evidence: the Burrell Journals, 1763–1820
  • B McLean, The Gardens and Designed Landscape of Mount Stuart, c.1716–1901
  • D Steel and N Coombey, Enhancing the Designed Landscape of Cally: the Role of Archives in Assisting Community Conservation Projects
  • A Mutch, Data Mining the Archives: the Emergence of Separate Books of Account in the Church of Scotland 1608–18001
  • J D Ford, A Guide to the Procedure of the Admiralty Court
  • K Magee, University of Stirling Archives
  • A Noble, Of Incalculable Value: the Collections of Lloyds Banking Group

Scottish Archives Volume 17 (2011)

  • M Moss, What are we educating archivists for?
  • P Whatley, Scottish Archival Education: the perspective of the Centre for Archive and Information Studies, Dundee
  • I Gordon Brown, James Hall's Paris Day (In memory of Patrick Cadell, 1941-2010)
  • A Tindley and C J Anderson, Highland Estate Management and Mapping: Holdings at Golspie, Sutherland, c.1870-c.1920
  • E Rhodes, Paper, Parchment and Protestants: Reformers and the Preservation of Catholic Ecclesiastical Documents in the Parish of St Andrews, c.1550-80
  • D Stevenson, Apprenticeship: Scottish Stonemasons' Indentures, 1573-1740
  • A Durie, Tracking Tourism: Visitors' Books and their Value
  • D Brunton, Health, Comfort and Convenience: Public Health and the Scottish Police Commissions, 1800-70
  • D Powell, Tasglann nen Eilean Siar: A'fosgladh dorsan gu ulaidhean Tasglann anns na h'Eileanan Siar
    (Hebridean Archive: Opening up Access to Archives in the Western Isles);
  • K M Stewart, Illegible, Erratic and Entertaining: Cataloguing the Notebooks of Alexander Carmichael

Scottish Archives Volume 16 (2010)

  • A Murray, Patrick Moubray Cadell (17 March 1941 – 11 June 2010)
  • I O’Brien, Scottish Archives for the 21 st century
  • I Gray, Unravelling Orem's Descriptions of Old Aberdeen
  • S Hewer, Searching for evidence of the Scottish Baroque in William Roy's military landscape
  • L Levy, 'Long life to thy fame and peace to thy soul': Walter Scott's collection of Burns's books and manuscripts
  • P Cadell , 1822 and All That
  • D Barrie, Nineteenth-century Scottish police records and their value for the historian
  • A Pattie, C E Brett, D J Bartholomew, M Lawn, I J Deary, Reconstructing a Scottish School of Educational Research, 1925-1950
  • L Byrne, Archives of the West Highland Museum, Fort William
  • A du Toit, The Lochaber Archive Centre, Fort William
  • ​F Skillen, Leisure, recreation and self-improvement in a Scottish mining community from the archives
    of Wanlockhead Miners' Library

Scottish Archives Volume 15 (2009)

  • R Tanner, Historical sources and the internet revolution: past, present and future

  • I G Brown, In Paris without a Passport: Robert Sym's adventures in the capital of Bonaparte and Bourbon

  • A T Smith, Carta Falsa: an evaluation of No. 323 in the Bannatyne Edition of the Kelso Abbey Cartulary
  • J G Harrison, 'The Bread Book' and the Court and Household of Marie de Guise in 1549
  • N Dickson, Researching the Brethren Movement in Scotland: Problems and Possibilities
  • A Ritchie, The 'naval policy' of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843-1853
  • M Castrillo, 'In Union is strength': Trade Union records of the printing and bookbinding industries in the NLS
  • S Waters, The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections
  • S Bromage, D Finkelstein and A McCleery, Publishing, Oral History and the SAPPHIRE Archive
  • S A Kelly, Perth Local Studies Department and 500 years of Printing in Scotland
  • L Richmond, In the Beginning was the Word: The Archives of William, Collins, Sons & Co Ltd and Blackie & Sons Ltd, Printers & Publishers, Glasgow

Scottish Archives Volume 14 (2008)

  • W Ugolini, ‘The space in between’: exploring the challenges of working with archives and personal testimonies

  • K Bowie, Popular resistance and the ratification of the Anglo-Scottish treaty of union

  • T Clarke, A parish church on paper: in search of Tibbermore, Perthshire
  • PF Burton, Using Quaker records for social history
  • B Talbot, The use of the Scottish Baptist Church Archive in writing an illustrated history of Stirling Baptist Church
  • A Cameron, The fate of the Old Parish Registers under the Registration Act of 1854
  • A Lewis, Archival sources for the builders of the Library and Hall of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 1776-1782
  • A McLean, The Dumfries House Papers
  • D B Murray, The Legacy of a Fellowship of Independent Churches, 1725 to 1989: the voluminous Glasite Archive

Scottish Archives Volume 13 (2007)

  • R Rodger, The Future of the Past: Archives for all

  • A Rosie, Private records: where to from here?

  • E Roads, Maintaining the archives of the Court of the Lord Lyon

  • O Geddes and A Tindley, Who owns history – archivists or users? The Sutherland Estates Papers: a case study

  • A Smith, ‘South of the border’? Some great British family and estate collections

  • P Blom, ‘Cabinet full of papers’: archival sources for the Scottish nation in Veere
  • A Hoyer, Thematic and linguistic changes of ‘Oor Wullie’: the dynamics of a popular Scottish comic
  • JI Robertson, Slavery and the Stewarts of Garth
  • M Davis and A McGibbon, Approaches to the digitisation of the Richard Demarco Archives
  • J McBain, From here to posterity: preserving Scotland’s moving image heritage
  • J Merchant, Presenting the past: the Threipland Papers
  • S Connelly, The Atholl Experience

Scottish Archives Volume 12 (2006)

  • G Dixon, Some further problems in Scottish archives
  • V S Dunstan, Thoughts on archives: informal observations on locating records, facilities and access
  • F J Shaw, ‘To the Glorie of God and the Weill of our Vocatioun’; the early years of the surgeons of Edinburgh, 1505 to 1666
  • A Ritchie, Finding Scottish Burgh records
  • C Swan, ‘A life of debauchery, vice and drunkenness’ the journal of Jonathan Troup, or two years in the West Indies
  • JG Harrison, The Justices of the Peace for Stirlingshire, 1660 to 1706
  • A Murray, The Exchequer Cat, 1715 to 1842
  • C Hill, ‘A Company of Four’: The Waste Book of a 1764 Kirkcudbrightshire Co-partnery in Trade
  • H Blair-Imrie, The ‘Ordinary Processes’ of the Sheriff Court: an important source for eighteenth-century agricultural and social history
  • C MacAulay, The Archives of the School of Scottish Studies, the University of Edinburgh
  • J Birnie and C McCarthy, The Diageo Archive – capturing the spirit of the past
  • A Nicoll, ‘One of our main shop windows to the world at large’: the Scottish Catholic Archives

Scottish Archives Volume 11 (2005)

  • H L MacQueen, Reform of Archival legislation: a Scots perspective
  • C Parry, Web-based access to Scottish Health Records
  • M Greenan, The Forensic Medicine Archives Project at the University of Glasgow Archives
  • G Davis, Some historical uses of clinical psychiatric records
  • A Cameron, A unique source for the history of midwifery in Scotland: the Minutes of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • M Park, Art in madness: Dr Browne, Joseph Askew and art activity at Crichton Royal Institution in the nineteenth century
  • M McCrae, Enquiry into the ‘Deficiency’ of medical men in the mid-nineteenth century Highlands
  • V Habib, Eighteenth-century upholsterers in the Edinburgh Old Town
  • S Jackson, Edinburgh Cabinet Makers’ wage agreements and wage disputes, 1805 to 1826
  • M Rorke, The Scottish Customs Books as a source for sixteenth-century mercantile studies
  • I Gibbon, Faces of Scotland: the Reference Section at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • C Brown, ‘Unlocking the Medicine Chest’ – medical records at the University of Dundee
  • F Bourne, The Royal College of Nursing Archives’ Historical Nursing Journals Project
  • P Anderson, Cecil Sinclair (1931 – 2004)

Scottish Archives Volume 10 (2004)

  • C Jackson, 'Assize of Error' and the Independence of the Criminal Jury in Restoration Scotland

  • F Bigwood, The Courts of Argyll, 1664-1825
  • B Longmore, The High Court of Justiciary Databases: a 'Solemn Path' through Crime
  • B Inglis, 'Scottish Testamentary Inventories: a neglected source for the study of Scottish agriculture - Dunblane, 1660-1740
  • T Clarke, Scottish Soldiers’ wills, 1857-1965
  • D Webster, Little acorns and tall oaks: Project Pont and after
  • A Rosie, ‘Something sensible for a change’: The National Register of Archives for Scotland
  • K Dalyell, Family papers at the House of the Binns
  • R Cain, Archival and Manuscript resources for Scottish history in North Carolina repositories

This volume includes indexes to volumes 1 to 10 of Scottish Archives, by author and by archive repository and record collection​

Scottish Archives Volume 9 (2003)

  • M Tyson, Digital Access to the records of Scotland's people

  • H Anderson, - Testaments online
  • E Roads, Four centuries of visual identity: the Archives of the Court of the Lord Lyon
  • I G Brown, Filling the Holes in the Todholes Aisle
  • D Baptie, Apprentices in the north-east of Scotland
  • P MacInnes, The Greenock Cut - Past and Present
  • C Jones, The 'Squadrone Volante' deciphered, 1707-1714: the Correspondence of George Baillie of Jerviswood, the Duke of Montrose and the Marquess of Tweeddale, together with the Keys to the Ciphers used
  • A Ritchie, ARCHON and Scotland
  • A Dundas-Bekker, Living with your Archives: Arniston House Papers
  • J Anderson, The Archives at Blair and Glamis Castles

Scottish Archives Volume 8 (2002)

  • M Moss, The Archival Task Force - the charge

  • K M Forbes and R H J Urquhart, Records in the National Archives of Scotland Relating to Poor Relief, 1845-1930
  • R E Tyson, Poverty and Poor Relief in Aberdeen, 1680-1705
  • W W Groves, The New Poor Law in Nineteenth Century Scotland, with special reference to Lanarkshire
  • K Wilbraham and C Lodge, Responses to Poverty in Ayrshire, 1574-1845
  • J Rock, Richard Cooper, Senior, and the Beginnings of Rococo Taste in Scotland: documents from the Traquair Archives
  • M Nix, A Comparison of Published and Unpublished Records Relating to Trade Between Leith and Australia in the Early 1820s
  • E Williamson, Schoolboy Scribbles on a Burgh Court Book
  • M C Carmichael, Dualchas - Skye and Lochalsh Area Museums Service, the Highland Council
  • A McLean, The Mount Stuart Archives

Scottish Archives Volume 7 (2001)

  • G Mackenzie, Continuity and Change - Challenges in Scottish Archives

  • G Dixon, Some Problems in Scottish Archives
  • J G Harrison, 'Policing' the Stirling Area, 1660-1706
  • M M Stewart, 'A Policeman's Lot' : Police Records in Dumfries and Galloway, 1850-1950
  • A Dinsmor and R H J Urquhart, The Origins of Modern Policing in Scotland
  • I Levitt, The Scottish Emergencies Organisation, the Scottish Islands and the Seamen's Strike, 1966
  • M Storrie, Recovering the Historic Designed Landscape of Islay Estate
  • C Parry, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • A Jones and P McIntyre, Technology and Tweed at Heriot-Watt University

Scottish Archives Volume 6 (2000)

  • C Kitching, Archives at the Millennium: what we learned and how we can take it forward

  • P Cadell, Scottish Archives: problems and opportunities
  • I Barnes, The Scottish Archive Network and Future Issues for Scottish Archives
  • I Flett, Scottish Local Government Archives in the New Millenium: modernity and majesty or meltdown and mediocrity?
  • L M Richmond, Determining the Future of Scottish History: the challenge of digital records to Scottish archivists
  • R Bigwood, A User's View of the Archives
  • I Levitt, Scottish Papers Presented to the British Cabinet 1917-66: their archival and historical significance
  • A Jones, Rescued from Oblivion? The case of Mary Burton and Liberton Bank House
  • R J Tanner, Outside the Acts: perceptions of the Scottish Parliament in literary sources before 1500
  • H Holmes, Viewing an 'Underworld': sources of evidence for Irish migratory potato workers in early twentieth-century Scotland
  • K Wilbraham, Ayrshire Archives
  • H L Kaplan, The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
  • B Bonnyman, The Third Duke of Buccleuch, Adam Smith and the Entail Act of 1770

Scottish Archives Volume 5 (1999)

  • E Reid, Above the Parapet: some thoughts on the future structure of archives in Scotland

  • F Maxwell Stuart, Inside View
  • G Stamp, It Looks Like Carelessness, or, in Search of Alexander Greek Thomson
  • J Lowrey, Archives and Archaeology: the prehistory of Queensberry House, Edinburgh
  • I Gray, Dean of Guild Court Records: a unique source for Scottish urban history
  • I Gow, Archerfield: the reconstruction of Robert Adam's last interior
  • B S Skillen, Land Use and Urban History in the Glasgow Context
  • A L Murray, The Town Clerk of Perth's Liber Omne Gaderum 1425
  • I Levitt, Scottish Air Services, 1935-75 and the Scottish New Towns, 1943-75: a guide to records at the National Archives of Scotland
  • N H Reid, The photographic collections in St Andrews University Library
  • D Watters, Complexity and diversity: case studies in Scottish twentieth-century architectural archives
  • W Laing and R H J Urquhart, A seventeenth-century description of herring fishing off the west coast of Scotland
  • T Smith, Elusive Sculptors: sources for identifying and accrediting architectural sculpture

Scottish Archives Volume 4 (1998)

  • A T Wilson, Following Follett: some related issues in Scottish university archives

  • I Flett, The Genealogy of Archives: root and branch of the tree of administration
  • J Scally, The Hamilton Papers as a source for the history of the British Civil Wars
  • W Ferguson, Record Sources for the Electoral History of Scotland, 1707-1832
  • I G C Hutchison, Archival Sources for the Study of Scottish Political History in the 19th and 20th Centuries: a survey
  • W H Fraser, Tracing the Rise of Independent Labour in Scotland
  • R J Finlay, The Anatomy of the Birth of the Scottish National Party, 1918-1942
  • C Burness, Tracing Women in Scottish politics since 1880 and the case of an accidental trailblazer: Katharine, Duchess of Atholl, and Member of Parliament for Kinross and West Perthshire, 1923-1938
  • P R McCleave, Family, Friends and Feminism: a mid-Victorian retrospect
  • A Murray, Dirty Work at the Exchequer: Inverness's charter and accounts, 1592-1594
  • S Kingston, A Previously Unremarked Clann Eoin Mhoir Genealogy
  • A Topen, The Scottish Brewing Archive
  • S Convery, J Cripps and I Gray, Aberdeen City Archives: a celebration of 600 years of council registers

Scottish Archives Volume 3 (1997)

  • R H Campbell, The Scottish Records Advisory Council in Retrospect

  • M A Crowther, The Scottish Records Advisory Council in Prospect

  • R Saville, Banking Archives and Scottish History
  • A Durie, 'Notes Very Much Chattered with Mice': banking records as a source for the study of Scottish local history
  • S McDonald, Bank of Scotland Archives: past, present and future
  • V Wilkinson, Hidden Treasures: a brief insight into the Scottish archives of The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • B Peters, Coutts & Co. - a Bank of Information
  • D J Withrington, Sources for Scottish Schooling Before 1872: challenges and opportunities
  • A Lindsay, Sources for the Study of Education in the Scottish Record Office
  • W B Marker, Sources for the History of Scottish Teacher Education in the Twentieth Century
  • L Moore, Researching the Education of Middle Class Girls: with particular reference to private schools
  • F Bigwood, A Database of Sources for Scottish West Coast Fishing and Trading Enterprises 1750-1800
  • M Macdonald, Clan Donald Lands Trust Archives, Isle of Skye
  • M Fox, The Traquair House Archives

Scottish Archives Volume 2 (1996)

  • S Connelly, The Proper Place for Archives in the New Scottish Local Authorities

  • I G Brown, 'On Classic Ground': records of the Grand Tour
  • A J Durie, Sources for the Study of Tourism in Nineteenth Century Scotland
  • A Hiley, 'Scotland's Name is Poetry to our Ears': German travellers in Scotland c.1800-1860
  • P G Vasey, 'Visitors and Voyages': a personal selection of travel diaries and related material in the Scottish Record Office
  • R H Campbell, Irish Paupers in Wigtownshire after 1845
  • I Levitt, Henry Littlejohn and Scottish Health Policy, 1859-1908
  • C McLaren, Five Hundred Years and Counting: Recent studies in the archives of the University of Aberdeen
  • R Steward, Highland Regional Archive: the first five years
  • L Fryer, The Covenanters’ Lost Colony in South Carolina

Scottish Archives Volume 1 (1995)

  • P Cadell, The Archives of Scotland

  • I Morrison, Evidence of Climatic change before and During the Age of Agricultural Improvement
  • A A Sclater, Picturesque Privacy: landscape improvement at Culzean from c.1750
  • I D Whyte, Before the Improvers: agricultural and landscape change in lowland Scotland c.1600-c.1750
  • A Hendry, Archibald Hamilton of Rozelle (1778-1848): the improving hand
  • R H Campbell, The Agricultural Revolution of the Twentieth Century
  • M M Stewart, 'In Durance Vile': crime and punishment in seventeenth and eighteenth century records of Dumfries
  • M A Crowther, Criminal Precognitions and their Value for the Historian
  • I Donnachie, Profiling Criminal Offences: the evidence of the Lord Advocate's papers during the first half of the nineteenth century in Scotland
  • L Yeoman, The Devil as Doctor: witchcraft, Wodrow and the wider world
  • E M Watson, The Scottish Theatre Archive: Present and Future
  • L Mackenney, The Birth of an Archive: The Scottish Theatre Archive 1981-1985
  • J Merchant, The Dundee Maidservants' Agitation 1872: Problems and Possibilities
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