Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707

  • Gillian Hope MacIntosh (Participant)
  • Keith Mark Brown (Participant)
  • Alan Ross MacDonald (Participant)

Impact: Public Discourse Impact, Educational Impact (Beyond St Andrews)


Between January 2008 and July 2013 The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland resource [hereafter RPS] has been accessed over 1.99 million times by users from all over the world. Whilst the principal purpose behind the publication of RPS was to further the study of Scottish history, this level of access reflects widespread engagement with the resource from a broad spectrum of users outside the traditional university sector. In 2007, following an editorial and research programme which lasted over a decade, the Scottish Parliament Project at the University of St Andrews published a full edition of the proceedings of the parliament of Scotland between the 13th century and its union with the English parliament in 1707. This edition of parliamentary texts was published online as a free-to-access and fully searchable website. Its value in supporting informed public debate in Scotland during a period of rapid constitutional change has received the recognition of major political figures and has been noted in UK and Scottish print and broadcast media. The online edition and associated research behind its production has also contributed to the continued enhancement of the history curriculum within the Scottish secondary education sector and its use in the field of Scots Law.
Impact statusOpen
Category of impactPublic Discourse Impact, Educational Impact (Beyond St Andrews)


  • REF2014 case study