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Scottish Handwriting Tutorial
Digitised Scottish Primary Sources
Websites with free access to digitised sources.
Scottish Primary Source Databases
These databases are freely available online:
National Archives This link opens in a new window
The UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. They provide detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.
National Archives Discovery Search This link opens in a new window
Discover over 11 million records created by central government and the courts of law of England and Wales.
National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Scotland is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. A major European research library, with collections of world-class importance. Many collection items are online.
National Register of Archives for Scotland
A record of papers of historical significance in private hands in Scotland. The Register contains over 4,200 surveys of private papers including the records of landed estates, private individuals, businesses, law firms and societies.
Paradox of Medieval Scotland 1093-1286 - Social Relationships and Identities before the Wars of Independence
This project has investigated how a recognisably modern Scottish identity was formed during the period 1093-1286. It provides biographical information about all known people in Scotland between 1093 and 1286.
Scottish Archive Network (SCAN)
A single electronic catalogue to the holdings of more than 50 Scottish archives.
Scottish Archives Network Knowledge Base
A database of answers to questions frequently asked in Scottish archives, combined with a directory of where to find historical records - arranged geographically.
Scottish Economic History Database, 1550-1780
Online database produced to further the dissemination of data collected during a project on Scottish wages and prices, 1550 -1780.
Scottish Register of Tartans
Contains thousands of tartan designs, which are free for you to search and reference.
Survey of Scottish Witchcraft
A database of nearly 4,000 people known to have been accused of witchcraft in early modern Scotland. Includes details about where/when they were accused, how they were tried and their fate.