Genealogy

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 25th March 2003.

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Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

Question S1W-34946

To ask the Scottish Executive whether post-1700 archive records pertaining to Jacobite trials, executions and imprisonment are held in any genealogical and historical archive centres and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat

I have asked Mr George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland, to respond. His response is as follows:

Following the ’15 and ’45 risings, a deliberate decision was taken to try Jacobite prisoners outwith Scotland. Consequently, the bulk of trial documents are held at the Public Record Office in London.

Comprehensive information on Jacobite sources in the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) are available in A Jacobite Source List (ISBN 1 870874 20 X) which can be obtained via the NAS website www.nas.gov.uk.

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