Person NameGeneral Register Office for Scotland; 1854-
ActivityThe Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1854 (18 & 19 Vict., c.29) provided for the establishment of the General Register Office for Scotland to manage the registration of births, deaths and marriages and for the appointment of a Registrar General and parish registrars. Compulsory registration came into force on 1 January 1855. Hitherto these registers had been kept by the Church of Scotland since the sixteenth century. The 1854 Act provided for the appointment of a Registrar General to head the new office; the appointee would be the person for the time being holding the office of Deputy to the Lord Clerk Register. Under the Registrar General (Scotland) Act 1920 (10 & 11 Geo. V, c.69) the post of Registrar General was no longer combined with the office of Deputy Clerk Register. The Registrar General reported to the Home Secretary and since 1999 to the Scottish Parliament on the work of the department. The General Register Office for Scotland administers the registration of events such as births, deaths, marriages, divorces and adoptions, maintains the National Health Service Central Register for Scotland and conducts the decennial census of Scotland. From 1861 the General Register Office for Scotland has been housed in New Register House, West Register Street, Edinburgh, where it is still located.
Corporate NameGeneral Register Office for Scotland
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