Professor Tom Devine said an appeal to the Vatican should be made about the Catholic Archives “because of the complete unwillingness to engage with people who have a sincere interest in getting the best possible outcome to the current situation”.
The documents – which include correspondence from Mary Queen of Scots – are currently kept in Columba House in Edinburgh. It is proposed that pre-1878 material will be housed at Aberdeen University’s new state-of-the-art library. Later documents are due to shift to a new episcopal centre currently under construction in Glasgow.
Columba House is currently closed and attempts to sell off the building have been unsuccessful.