Retirement for Scotland's Keeper


George Mackenzie, the head of the National Records of Scotland, is to retire after 37 years of service.

Mr Mackenzie has held the role of Scotland’s Keeper of Records since 1 January 2001.  He also took on the role of Registrar General in April 2011 with the amalgamation of National Archives Scotland and the General Register Office for Scotland.  He will retire on September 28, 2012.

George Mackenzie said:

“It has been a great privilege and pleasure to lead National Records of Scotland in the past year and before that the National Archives.  Scotland is the first country in the world to combine archives with statistics about our population, registration and the census.  We now have an organisation which specialises in collecting, securely holding and giving access to information and records on our people, our communities and our history.  All of this depends on the skills, the expertise and the dedication of my colleagues in NRS.  As I retire, I wish them and the organisation every success in future.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: 

“During his time as Scotland’s keeper of the Records and Registrar General, George has made a major contribution to Scotland by ensuring that Scotland’s people have easy access to their rich heritage and ancestry.  He leaves the National Records of Scotland in a strong position having overseen the merger of two important organisations, looking after our archives, and safe keeping significant documents that will become the treasures of Scotland’s future. 

“Recently George has been instrumental in bringing back the legendary Wallace letters to Scotland and securing The Melville papers, important pieces of our history in Scotland once more. I am confident that the National Records of Scotland will continue to grow stronger as a result of his leadership. I would like to thank George for his contribution and I wish him well for the future.”  

The search for a new head of the National Records of Scotland will begin this week with the post being advertised publicly.