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[[Image:GRO Scotland Logo.gif|frame|right|Logo of the General Register Office]]
 
[[Image:GRO Scotland Logo.gif|frame|right|Logo of the General Register Office]]
The '''General Register Office for Scotland''' is a [[Wikipedia:non-ministerial department|non-ministerial department]] of the [[Wikipedia:Scottish Executive|Scottish Executive]] that administers the registration of [[Wikipedia:birth|birth]]s, [[Wikipedia:death|death]]s, [[marriage|marriage]]s, [[Wikipedia:divorce|divorce]]s and [[Wikipedia:adoption|adoption]]s in [[Scotland|Scotland]]. It is also responsible for the [[Wikipedia:statute|statute]]s relating to the formalities of marriage and conduct of [[Wikipedia:civil marriage|civil marriage]] in Scotland. It administers the [[Wikipedia:UK census|census]] of [[Wikipedia:Scotland's population|Scotland's population]] and the keeps the [[Wikipedia:NHS Scotland|Scottish National Health Service]] Central Register.
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The '''General Register Office for Scotland''' is a [[Wikipedia:non-ministerial department|non-ministerial department]] of the [[Wikipedia:Scottish Executive|Scottish Executive]] that administers the registration of [[Wikipedia:birth|births]], [[Wikipedia:death|deaths]], [[marriage]]s, [[Wikipedia:divorce|divorces]] and [[Wikipedia:adoption|adoptions]] in [[Scotland]]. It is also responsible for the [[Wikipedia:statute|statutes]] relating to the formalities of marriage and conduct of [[Wikipedia:civil marriage|civil marriage]] in Scotland. It administers the [[Wikipedia:UK census|census]] of [[Wikipedia:Scotland's population|Scotland's population]] and the keeps the [[Wikipedia:NHS Scotland|Scottish National Health Service]] Central Register.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
Initially [[Wikipedia:Religious minister|minister]]s of the [[Wikipedia:Church of Scotland|Church of Scotland]] were responsible for keeping [[Wikipedia:parish|parish]] records of [[Wikipedia:baptism|baptism]]s and [[marriage|marriage]]s, but only for their own church members. Later the [[Wikipedia:Privy Council of Scotland|Privy Council of Scotland]], following the suggestion of the [[Wikipedia:General Assembly of the Church of Scotland|General Assembly of the Church of Scotland]] enacted that all parish ministers should keep a record of [[Wikipedia:baptism|baptism]]s, [[Wikipedia:burial|burial]]s and marriages. This situation continued until [[1854]] when [[Wikipedia:Parliament of the United Kingdom|Parliament]] passed an Act transferring responsibility to the State.
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Initially [[Wikipedia:Religious minister|ministers]] of the [[Wikipedia:Church of Scotland|Church of Scotland]] were responsible for keeping [[Wikipedia:parish|parish]] records of [[Wikipedia:baptism|baptisms]] and [[marriage]]s, but only for their own church members. Later the [[Wikipedia:Privy Council of Scotland|Privy Council of Scotland]], following the suggestion of the [[Wikipedia:General Assembly of the Church of Scotland|General Assembly of the Church of Scotland]] enacted that all parish ministers should keep a record of [[Wikipedia:baptism|baptisms]], [[Wikipedia:burial|burials]] and marriages. This situation continued until [[1854]] when [[Wikipedia:Parliament of the United Kingdom|Parliament]] passed an Act transferring responsibility to the State.
   
The [[Wikipedia:Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1854|Registration of Births]] created the ''General Registry Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages'', headed by the Registrar General with the appointment of [[Wikipedia:registrar|registrar]]s in every parish. It also provided that the Registrar General should produce an annual report to be forwarded to the [[Wikipedia:Home Secretary|Home Secretary]] to be laid before Parliament containing a general abstract of the numbers of births, deaths and marriages registered during the previous year. The first general abstract (relating to [[1855]]) was submitted in [[1856]].
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The [[Wikipedia:Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1854|Registration of Births]] created the ''General Registry Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages'', headed by the Registrar General with the appointment of [[Wikipedia:registrar|registrars]] in every parish. It also provided that the Registrar General should produce an annual report to be forwarded to the [[Wikipedia:Home Secretary|Home Secretary]] to be laid before Parliament containing a general abstract of the numbers of births, deaths and marriages registered during the previous year. The first general abstract (relating to [[1855]]) was submitted in [[1856]].
   
 
==Registrars General for Scotland==
 
==Registrars General for Scotland==
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[[Wikipedia:William Pitt Dundas|William Pitt Dundas]] was the first holder of the combined post of Deputy Clerk Register and Registrar General from September [[1854]] until April [[1880]]. His successor, [[Wikipedia:Roger Montgomerie|Roger Montgomerie]], died six months after his appointment, and Mr Pitt Dundas resumed office for around a year, until the appointment of Sir [[Wikipedia:Stair Agnew|Stair Agnew]] KCB. The last person to hold the combined posts was [[Wikipedia:Sir James Patten McDougall|Sir James Patten McDougall]] KCB, in office from May [[1909]] to March [[1919]].
 
[[Wikipedia:William Pitt Dundas|William Pitt Dundas]] was the first holder of the combined post of Deputy Clerk Register and Registrar General from September [[1854]] until April [[1880]]. His successor, [[Wikipedia:Roger Montgomerie|Roger Montgomerie]], died six months after his appointment, and Mr Pitt Dundas resumed office for around a year, until the appointment of Sir [[Wikipedia:Stair Agnew|Stair Agnew]] KCB. The last person to hold the combined posts was [[Wikipedia:Sir James Patten McDougall|Sir James Patten McDougall]] KCB, in office from May [[1909]] to March [[1919]].
   
Originally, this was the supervision of birth, death and marriage registration. It was expanded to include the conduct of the [[1861]] Census and all subsequent ones (working closely with the Registrar General to ensure consistency) and other statistical functions.
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Originally, this was the supervision of birth, death and marriage registration. It was expanded to include the conduct of the [[1861]] Census and all subsequent ones (working closely with the Registrar General to ensure consistency) and other statistical functions.
   
 
In [[1920]] the [[Wikipedia:Registrar General (Scotland) Act 1920|Registrar General (Scotland) Act 1920]] was passed which provided for the appointment by the Secretary of State for Scotland a whole-time Registrar General, [[Wikipedia:Dr James Craufurd Dunlop|Dr James Craufurd Dunlop]], (previously [[Wikipedia:Medical Superintendent of Statistics|Medical Superintendent of Statistics]]) was appointed.
 
In [[1920]] the [[Wikipedia:Registrar General (Scotland) Act 1920|Registrar General (Scotland) Act 1920]] was passed which provided for the appointment by the Secretary of State for Scotland a whole-time Registrar General, [[Wikipedia:Dr James Craufurd Dunlop|Dr James Craufurd Dunlop]], (previously [[Wikipedia:Medical Superintendent of Statistics|Medical Superintendent of Statistics]]) was appointed.
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* William Pitt Dundas, 12 September 1854 - 28 April 1880
 
* William Pitt Dundas, 12 September 1854 - 28 April 1880
 
* Roger Montgomerie, 19 April 1880 - 25 October 1880
 
* Roger Montgomerie, 19 April 1880 - 25 October 1880
* William Pitt Dundas CB, 17 November 1880 - 12 January 1881
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* William Pitt Dundas CB, 17 November 1880 - 12 January 1881
 
* Sir [[Wikipedia:Stair Agnew|Stair Agnew]] KCB, 13 January 1881 - 30 April 1909
 
* Sir [[Wikipedia:Stair Agnew|Stair Agnew]] KCB, 13 January 1881 - 30 April 1909
 
* Sir James Patten McDougall KCB, 1 May 1909 - 7 March 1919
 
* Sir James Patten McDougall KCB, 1 May 1909 - 7 March 1919
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* James Gray Kyd CBE, 1 September 1937 - 30 November 1948
 
* James Gray Kyd CBE, 1 September 1937 - 30 November 1948
 
* Edmund Albert Hogan CBE, 1 December 1948 - 31 May 1959
 
* Edmund Albert Hogan CBE, 1 December 1948 - 31 May 1959
* Alexander Burt Taylor CBE D Litt, 1 June 1959 - 4 September 1966
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* Alexander Burt Taylor CBE D Litt, 1 June 1959 - 4 September 1966
 
* James Allan Ford CB MC, September 1966 - September 1969
 
* James Allan Ford CB MC, September 1966 - September 1969
* Archibald L Rennie, October 1969 - 11 June 1973
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* Archibald L Rennie, October 1969 - 11 June 1973
 
* William Baird, 12 June 1973 - 3 August 1978
 
* William Baird, 12 June 1973 - 3 August 1978
 
* Victor Colvin Stewart, 4 August 1978 - 12 April 1982
 
* Victor Colvin Stewart, 4 August 1978 - 12 April 1982
* Dr Charles Milne Glennie CBE, 13 April 1982 - 31 October 1994
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* Dr Charles Milne Glennie CBE, 13 April 1982 - 31 October 1994
* James Meldrum, 1 November 1994 - 21 February 1999
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* James Meldrum, 1 November 1994 - 21 February 1999
* John Randall, 22 February 1999 - 1 August 2003
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* John Randall, 22 February 1999 - 1 August 2003
 
* Duncan Macniven, 4 August 2003 - present
 
* Duncan Macniven, 4 August 2003 - present
   
 
==New Register House==
 
==New Register House==
 
[[Image:New Register House.jpg|right|thumb|New Register House]]
 
[[Image:New Register House.jpg|right|thumb|New Register House]]
New Register House, the main building of the General Register Office for Scotland, is close to the east end of [[Wikipedia:Princes Street|Princes Street]] in [[Wikipedia:Edinburgh|Edinburgh]]. It was designed by [[Wikipedia:Robert Matheson|Robert Matheson]], the [[Wikipedia:Clerk of Works|Clerk of Works]] at the [[Wikipedia:Office of Her Majesty's Works in Scotland|Office of Her Majesty's Works in Scotland]]. Initially, the General Registry Office had been located in General Register House, but on [[30 March]] [[1861]] was moved to New Register House.
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New Register House, the main building of the General Register Office for Scotland, is close to the east end of [[Wikipedia:Princes Street|Princes Street]] in [[Wikipedia:Edinburgh|Edinburgh]]. It was designed by [[Wikipedia:Robert Matheson|Robert Matheson]], the [[Wikipedia:Clerk of Works|Clerk of Works]] at the [[Wikipedia:Office of Her Majesty's Works in Scotland|Office of Her Majesty's Works in Scotland]]. Initially, the General Registry Office had been located in General Register House, but on [[30 March]] [[1861]] was moved to New Register House.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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* [[Wikipedia:General Register Office for Northern Ireland|General Register Office for Northern Ireland]]
 
* [[Wikipedia:General Register Office for Northern Ireland|General Register Office for Northern Ireland]]
 
* [[Wikipedia:General Register Office (Ireland)|General Register Office]]
 
* [[Wikipedia:General Register Office (Ireland)|General Register Office]]
* [[Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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* [[Genealogy]]
 
* [[Wikipedia:Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965|Registration of Births]]
 
* [[Wikipedia:Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965|Registration of Births]]
   
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Latest revision as of 00:53, 24 July 2011

Logo of the General Register Office

The General Register Office for Scotland is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Executive that administers the registration of births, deaths, marriages, divorces and adoptions in Scotland. It is also responsible for the statutes relating to the formalities of marriage and conduct of civil marriage in Scotland. It administers the census of Scotland's population and the keeps the Scottish National Health Service Central Register.

History[]

Initially ministers of the Church of Scotland were responsible for keeping parish records of baptisms and marriages, but only for their own church members. Later the Privy Council of Scotland, following the suggestion of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland enacted that all parish ministers should keep a record of baptisms, burials and marriages. This situation continued until 1854 when Parliament passed an Act transferring responsibility to the State.

The Registration of Births created the General Registry Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages, headed by the Registrar General with the appointment of registrars in every parish. It also provided that the Registrar General should produce an annual report to be forwarded to the Home Secretary to be laid before Parliament containing a general abstract of the numbers of births, deaths and marriages registered during the previous year. The first general abstract (relating to 1855) was submitted in 1856.

Registrars General for Scotland[]

The Registrar General was also Deputy to the Lord Clerk Register. The Deputy Clerk Register had to be an Advocate of not less than ten years standing.

William Pitt Dundas was the first holder of the combined post of Deputy Clerk Register and Registrar General from September 1854 until April 1880. His successor, Roger Montgomerie, died six months after his appointment, and Mr Pitt Dundas resumed office for around a year, until the appointment of Sir Stair Agnew KCB. The last person to hold the combined posts was Sir James Patten McDougall KCB, in office from May 1909 to March 1919.

Originally, this was the supervision of birth, death and marriage registration. It was expanded to include the conduct of the 1861 Census and all subsequent ones (working closely with the Registrar General to ensure consistency) and other statistical functions.

In 1920 the Registrar General (Scotland) Act 1920 was passed which provided for the appointment by the Secretary of State for Scotland a whole-time Registrar General, Dr James Craufurd Dunlop, (previously Medical Superintendent of Statistics) was appointed.

List of Registrars General for Scotland[]

  • William Pitt Dundas, 12 September 1854 - 28 April 1880
  • Roger Montgomerie, 19 April 1880 - 25 October 1880
  • William Pitt Dundas CB, 17 November 1880 - 12 January 1881
  • Sir Stair Agnew KCB, 13 January 1881 - 30 April 1909
  • Sir James Patten McDougall KCB, 1 May 1909 - 7 March 1919
  • Dr James Craufurd Dunlop, 1 January 1921- 2 September 1930
  • Andrew Froude ISO, 3 September 1930 - 14 February 1937
  • James Gray Kyd CBE, 1 September 1937 - 30 November 1948
  • Edmund Albert Hogan CBE, 1 December 1948 - 31 May 1959
  • Alexander Burt Taylor CBE D Litt, 1 June 1959 - 4 September 1966
  • James Allan Ford CB MC, September 1966 - September 1969
  • Archibald L Rennie, October 1969 - 11 June 1973
  • William Baird, 12 June 1973 - 3 August 1978
  • Victor Colvin Stewart, 4 August 1978 - 12 April 1982
  • Dr Charles Milne Glennie CBE, 13 April 1982 - 31 October 1994
  • James Meldrum, 1 November 1994 - 21 February 1999
  • John Randall, 22 February 1999 - 1 August 2003
  • Duncan Macniven, 4 August 2003 - present

New Register House[]

New Register House

New Register House, the main building of the General Register Office for Scotland, is close to the east end of Princes Street in Edinburgh. It was designed by Robert Matheson, the Clerk of Works at the Office of Her Majesty's Works in Scotland. Initially, the General Registry Office had been located in General Register House, but on 30 March 1861 was moved to New Register House.

See also[]

External links[]

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