National Records of Scotland

National Records of Scotland

HM General Register House

2 Princes Street

Edinburgh EH1 3YY


T. 0131 535 1314




The National Records of Scotland (NRS) was created in 2011 by the amalgamation of the National Archives of Scotland and the General Register Office for Scotland. It holds a range of material relating to Dumfries and Galloway, including major collections of estate papers, such as those of the Murray family of Broughton and Cally, and a range of personal documents, such as the farm diary and account book of A D Austin of Dundrennan and Lochfoot. A guide to the various holdings of the NRS can be found online at A list of published guides for researchers can be found at


The NRS also holds the following records that contain relevant material for the ethnological study of Dumfries and Galloway:


  • Burgh records.
  • Church records, including Kirk Session records for the Church of Scotland.
  • Court of Session records.
  • Justice of the Peace records.
  • Maps, over 10,000 of which relate to Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Military records.
  • Railway records.
  • Sasines.
  • Sheriff Court records.
  • Testaments.
  • Topographical, architectural and engineering plans.
  • Valuation Rolls.
  • Wills and Testaments.