Researching Criminal Lunatics: exploring archives

When & Where

Friday, 30 August 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
National Records of Scotland, New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY

Event Details

Kathryn Burtinshaw, Professional Genealogist, Director of Pinpoint Ancestry, with Dr John Burt, Professional Genealogist and retired G.P.

This talk focusses on the use of archival resources to research the history of criminal lunatics in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK. Following an introduction to changes in early 19th century law regarding criminal lunacy, case studies are then explored to illustrate the depth and wealth of archival records and the combination of different record sets are explained which help to provide a better picture of the treatment and medical care of criminal lunatics.

To book, please visit: Attendees can also turn up on the day and any remaining spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Jocelyn Grant
0131 535 1374



Event Location

National Records of Scotland
New Register House
3 West Register Street


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