General Register House, Edinburgh

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New Register House is the main building of the General Register Office for Scotland, located near St Andrew Square to the east end of Princes Street in the New Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. It also houses the Accountant in Bankruptcy and the Court of the Lord Lyon and housed the Office of Director of Chancery until its abolition in 1928.Architecture and constructionThe building is located in West Register Street behind Robert Adam's 18th century Register House (referred to now as Old Register House). The Italianate structure was built by architect Robert Matheson between 1859 and 1863 and was complementary in architectural style to Adam's Neoclassical original. A portico was added to the south elevation to give it the character of a public building; and the style of internal finish was kept simple. New Register House was needed to provide additional storage capacity for Scotland's archives, particularly for the birth, death and marriage records, which were the result of compulsory registration after 1855. The building was first occupied in 1861 and completed in 1863 following the addition of 5 offices to each floor on the north side. The Accountant in Bankruptcy and Lord Lyon's departments were also allocated rooms. It cost, complete with fittings, nearly £35,000 to build.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Whilst we have walked by the General Register House, containing the National Records of Scotland on many occasions, we have never been in, and with the "Famous Scots From The Past" Exhibition being ad...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    It is a building located north of Waverley station on Princes Street. In a stately building so they believe are at the heart of the city, said Parliament and the Scottish National Archives? Was suitable for Parliament but more than the real thing.
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  • June 22, 2017
    Spent an enjoyable half day here. Reasonable cost to do research. Very very helpful staff, stayed with me till I got settled in. Beautiful building, too, so the atmosphere was wonderful. I was able to...  more »

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