Historiographer Royal

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For the English office, see Historiographer Royal (England).
For the Swedish office, see Rikshistoriograf.

The Historiographer Royal is a member of the Royal household in Scotland. The office was created in 1681, and was in abeyance from 1709 until 1763 when it was revived for Principal William Robertson of Edinburgh University. The post, which now has no formal responsibilities or salary, is held by commission under the Great Seal of Scotland. [1] The current office-holder is Christopher Smout, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of St Andrews.

Office Holders[edit]

Holders of the office [2] are:

Office vacant from 1709 until 1763


  1. ^ The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia, Vol. 7 "The Crown", para 845
  2. ^ "Lists of Minor Offices", held in the Historical Search Room of the National Archives of Scotland