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Catholic parish registers

Catholic parish indices and images are reproduced with the permission of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, acting as representatives of the owners of the original records. Catholic parish register indices and images can only be reproduced with the written permission of the Scottish Catholic Archives.

Enquiries should be addressed to: archivists@scottishcatholicarchives.org.uk, or: Scottish Catholic Archives, Columba House, 16 Drummond Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6PL

Court of the Lord Lyon

Enquiries about the reproduction of coats of arms should be addressed to: lyonoffice@gov.scot, or: The Court of the Lord Lyon, New Register House, Edinburgh, EH1 3YT

National Coal Board plans (RHP146000)

These plans are not official Abandonment Plans.

Workings must be verified as to their completeness and accuracy in the official Abandonment Plans available from the Mining Heritage Centre, Mansfield, or the British Geological Survey, Edinburgh. Enquiries regarding the re-use of these plans should be addressed to: customerservice@coal.gov.uk or: Coal Authority, 200 Lichfield Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 4RG, United Kingdom.

Records on Virtual Volumes

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All content available on this website

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