Wednesday 31 August 2016

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Institutional Archive

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Institutional Archive is now available to researchers

Collections include records of:
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
College Minutes and Chirurgians’ Business Papers
Financial Papers
Medical Education
Charity provision
Old Surgeons’ Hall and the Playfair Building
The Society of Barbers
The School of Medicine of the Royal Colleges
The Royal Odonto-Chirurgial Society and 
The Lothian Surgical Audit.

The archive is arranged into the following sections: 
  • RCSEd 1 Legal, governance and related (1504-2001)
  • RCSEd 2 Minutes, administration, organisation (1581-2013)
  • RCSEd 3 Correspondence (1600-2008)
  • RCSEd 4 Financial records (1533-2011)
  • RCSEd 5 Medical and surgical education, training and practice (1653-2007)
  • RCSEd 6 Examinations (1770-2010): Triple Qualification (1884-1996)
  • RCSEd 7 Photographs: Photographs of Presidents, Fellows and other individuals (19th-20th century)
  • RCSEd 8 Buildings and land (1665-2007)
  • RCSEd 9 Records relating to the College Museum, Library and Archive (1763-2015): RCSEd 10 Records relating to the Faculty of Dental Surgery (1946-2000)
  • RCSEd 11 Papers relating to the Surgical Hospital/Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (1729-1841)
  • RCSEd 12 Events, celebrations and social (1800-2005)
  • RCSEd 13 Conferences and symposia (1962-2001)

Digital images have been created and are in the process of being uploaded. Those uploaded are available through the catalogue, accessed here

Monday 29 August 2016


There are only 4 research spaces left for the September 2017 Genealogy Research Tour in Edinburgh. The dates are Sept 18 - 27, 2017.

Tour fees include:

  • pre-tour preparation webinars
  • pre-tour preparation package
  • assistance to plan a visit to your ancestral part of Scotland
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 full breakfasts
  • Overview of records in each facility
  • 5 full days of research
  • daily research fees
  • daily transportation to research facilities
  • time to travel to your ancestral home area
  • additional day to research locally
  • optional evening tours
  • evening at the Taste of Scotland dinner and show
Don't miss out! Book NOW!

Thursday 4 August 2016

Highland Research and History Tour Itinerary Confirmed!

The final itinerary for the Highland Research and History Tour  April 2017 is now confirmed:

Friday Apr 14 - Day of arrival in Inverness - participants must make their own way to Inverness

Saturday Apr 15 - Commemorative Service at Culloden Battlefield to mark the 271st anniversary of the battle. Tour of the Battlefield, Visitor Centre and then visit to Clava Cairns (Pre-historic chambered cairns)

Sunday Apr 16 - Easter Sunday Service in historic Dornoch Cathedral followed by a bus tour of the Highland Clearances in Sutherland. Easter Dinner together as a group

Monday Apr 17 - Travel by coach to Armadale Castle in Skye for a guided tour and research opportunities. Return via Eilean Donan Castle

Tuesday Apr 18 & Wednesday Apr 19 - Two full days of research at the Highland Archives Centre in Inverness. After finishing research on Wednesday, we will travel down the Great Glen to Fort William

Thursday Apr 20 - Full day of research at the Lochaber Archives in Fort William

Friday Apr 21 - Travel to Glenfinnan Monument, then on to Glasgow, stopping at Loch Lomond

Saturday Apr 22 - Travel to Fife for the annual conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies

Sunday Apr 23 - Check out or optional day with Glasgow Tour Group to enjoy guided tour of the Glasgow Necropolis and the Jewish Archives

This unique tour will give you a definite sense of the reasons why Scots Highlanders left their homeland to travel to a new country. You will gain a better understanding of the Jacobite cause as well as the later Highland Clearances. 

The tour is being restricted to 11 participants. There are only 5 spaces left. 

To book your spot on this unique Highland Research and History tour: