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In Topic: Holyrood Voting Intentions

Yesterday, 17:50

Would love to see the Greens becoming third biggest party at Holyrood.

In Topic: Scottish Police & Court Archives

29 October 2014 - 09:55 PM

Don't worry, I know someone at the National Archives so pass it through me if you find something and I'll get a straight up answer for you. You shouldn't have that issue at NLS as records aren't usually closed.


I think the NAS would love to unlock the census (think of the financial benefits) but legally they can't.

In Topic: Scottish Police & Court Archives

29 October 2014 - 09:39 PM

It might be less than 100, maybe 70, but I think it is 100.


Think it's fine if it's someone's medical record for example. The censuses are closed for 100 years because the censuses said they would be closed for 100 years when people gave their details.


Not sure how next of kin works. I can ask and get back to you.

In Topic: Scottish Police & Court Archives

29 October 2014 - 09:24 PM

I'm not an archivist per se but I've worked with various archives, including a number from the police, for many years.


In the Lothians they're a nightmare. Some still exist, most don't and they're spread out all over the place. Quite often in former policemen's houses. There was one case in the Lothians where the Inspector wanted the records destroyed. He visited the first station and took the records. As he left to go to the next station, the first station phoned them and warned them. Many records were saved in this way.


My favourite police entry was one where a chap was arrested in the 1930s for theft and bestiality.


But getting to your question, yes, there'll be a 100 year rule. However, the next of kin will be able to get the information (they'll redact everything else on the page/s). Keep digging in the newspapers, such as the Scotsman. Probably more in there.


And check the online catalogues for the National Archives of Scotland and, a long shot, the National Library of Scotland. Also, don't just check his name, check the victim's name too.

In Topic: Life Is Good Thread

28 October 2014 - 06:45 PM

Setting up my final mortgage early next year. Life will hopefully be good then.