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The first eight volumes of the Aberdeen Council Registers, covering the period 1398-1511 are Scotland’s oldest and most complete run of civic records. The registers have been inscribed on the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register, in recognition of their historical significance.

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In collaboration with the keepers of the registers, the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives, the Aberdeen Burgh Records Project at the University’s Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies has advanced a series of digital engagements with these materials since 2012.

This site began as the online presence of the research project grant (2016-2019) called LACR (Law in the Aberdeen Council Registers 1398-1511), principally funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The LACR team produced a digital textual resource from the Aberdeen Council Registers in the format of a full, accurate, versatile and online Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) compliant transcription. LACR also fostered an academic programme aimed at conducting research into the contents of the registers.

This website continues to report on the progress of the Aberdeen Burgh Records Project, and in particular its new grant (2020-2023) called FLAG (Finance, law and the language of governmental practice in late medieval towns: Aberdeen and Augsburg in comparison), jointly funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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