Scotland's first custom-built archives depository, Register House, designed by the great Robert Adam, was partly funded by the sale of estates forfeited by Jacobite landowners after their last rebellion in Britain (1745–46). Work on the Regency-style building, which marks the end of Princes Street, started in 1774. The statue in front is of the first duke of Wellington (1769–1852). The recently installed ScotlandsPeople Centre lets you conduct genealogical research.
Free weekday research sessions, from 10 to 2 and 2 and 4, meet growing interest in Scots family history. Access to public records and the library is £15 per day.