The original parish register marking the birth of Robert Burns has been put on display to mark the anniversary of the bard's birth.
The record, showing Burns was born on January 25, 1759, is on public view for the first time in several years at General Register House in Edinburgh.
It is one of several documents held by the National Records of Scotland giving details of the poet's life.
He was born in the parish of Alloway, Ayr, the eldest son of William Burnes, a gardener and tenant farmer from Kincardineshire, and Agnes Brown, of Maybole.
Culture minister Fiona Hyslop said: "It's fitting that this record should be on display, to commemorate our national poet's birth and to coincide with the many celebrations taking place across the country as part of Burns Night.
"It's an excellent example of the rich resources that the National Records of Scotland hold for everyone with Scottish heritage or an interest in our history.
"Visiting the public display of Burns' baptism record is not only an opportunity to view this fascinating document but also a chance for visitors to discover the facilities available so that they may connect with their own family's past."
The birth record will be on display until February 14.