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About the project

ScotlandsPlaces is a website that allows users to search across different national databases using geographic locations. The user is able to enter a place name or a coordinate to search across these collections or they can use the mapping in the website to both define and refine their search. The results pages provide the data relevant to the search conducted, from each of the project partners. These partners currently include:

  • Historic Environment Scotland (HES)
  • The National Records of Scotland (NRS)
  • The National Library of Scotland (NLS)
  • with support from School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Government. 


About the partners

Historic Environment Scotland collects, records and interprets information on the architectural, industrial, archaeological and maritime heritage of Scotland. This partner provides archaeological and architectural records, many of which include digital images of the historical built environment.

The National Records of Scotland selects, preserves, and makes available the archives of Scottish government and courts, and also holds historical records created by businesses, landed estates, families, churches and other corporate bodies. This partner provides access to the register house plans, historical boundary change information, Medical Officer of Health Reports, historical tax information, and land ownership listings.

The National Library of Scotland is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots,  is one of Europe's major research libraries and is Scotland's legal deposit library. The NLS provides historical mapping and bathymetrical survey information from the map library.

Every year tens of thousands of people enjoy free access to the information in the search rooms of these three organisations in Edinburgh. Now, via the ScotlandsPlaces website, these institutions are combining their expertise and using advances in information technology to increase access to their holdings.

This website does not replace the free access in the search rooms of Historic Environment Scotland, the National Records of Scotland or the National Library of Scotland. For more information please visit the partner websites:

Historic Environment Scotland

The National Records of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland

Web services

Each ScotlandsPlaces partner contributes information to the site using web services. This means that each query made via the website conducts a live search on each of the partner databases.

ScotlandsPlaces does not hold all of the partner data and therefore data is not duplicated. As partners update information held in their databases, these updates are reflected in the ScotlandsPlaces site.

  • HES provide archaeological and architectural information
  • the NRS provide Register House Plans, the Historical tax rolls and the Ordnance Survey name books
  • the NLS provide Ordnance Survey 6 inch and 25 inch mapping, county maps, town plans, and bathymetric surveys 

Learn more about the resources available on ScotlandsPlaces.