Scottish urban archives and histories: context and a legal historical perspective
The latest issue of the Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies examines Scottish urban archives and Scottish urban histories. It does so with the aim of taking stock of the ﬁeld of scholarship and archival collections relating to Scottish burghs, exploring potential new ﬁelds of research. The collection of essays arises from the Aberdeen Burgh Records Project, which is a shared endeavour between the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies and the Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives. There is an editorial dedication to Athol Murray (1930 – 2018), a scholar of extraordinary calibre who was Keeper of the Records of Scotland until his retirement in 1990. This issue of the Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies includes an essay by him, entitled “Whatever happened to the Scottish Burgh Records?”, and is dedicated to his memory.