The History of Leith

January 21, 2011

NAS gets behind bars

It isn’t every day that staff from the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) end up in prison, but the discovery of historical records at Edinburgh’s Saughton Prison meant that one member of Government Records Branch staff recently spent some time ‘on the inside’!

The records which were investigated have now been transferred to the NAS, and can be consulted in our West Search Room. They cover the period from the opening of the prison to more recent years and include registers of prisoners from 1922, registers of punishments, which give details of offences committed by prisoners while serving their sentences (including attempted escapes), and Governor’s Journals, which note important daily events. Full details of all of these records can be seen on our online public access catalogue. for more click here

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