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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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  • Visited the General Register House yesterday with my daughter whilst on a day trip to the city. It is situated at the very end of Princes Street, just before the commencement of Waterloo Place, has a ...  more »
  • Certainly some grand buildings around this city, and this being another one of them, really had a great time here, and it is just lovely to saunter around the streets having a feel of the cities atmos...  more »
  • These days we can do a lot online, and General Register House has its online presence with 'Scotland's People'. However I went there to get some help with working out how to best use the information a...  more »