Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Topographical, architectural and engineering plans in the NAS

The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) has a series of records known as the Register House Plans (RHP). It is an artificial collection of around 150,000 topographical plans, marine charts, architectural and engineering drawings (for convenience, the term ‘plan’ will be used to refer to all categories). Owing to their size and varied formats, plans require special storage conditions. It was therefore decided in the 1960s that plans should be removed from their collections and added to the RHP series, with a cross-reference back to the parent collection. This policy was not always rigorously adhered to, however, and it is still possible to find smaller plans in their original files or bundles. for more click here

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