Major milestone as new Keeper signs royal commissions

In her new role as Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, Jennifer Henderson now acts as the official face of RoS. This involves a number of responsibilities, and as discussed in our recent blog, several are related to our Chancery and Judicial Registers (CAJR).

Jennifer makes her mark

This week, Jennifer completed a major step in officially taking on the roles and responsibilities of the Keeper as she signed a number of commissions, which are hand-calligraphed documents that form the final element of Crown appointments such as Queen’s Counsel, Lords-Lieutenant and High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The history of these documents date back centuries, and are each handwritten. The commissions denote royal assent for appointments like those listed above, and therefore are crucial to government administration in Scotland.

A close-up of Jennifer Henderson, keeper of the Registers of Scotland signing the commissions
A close-up of Jennifer Henderson, keeper of the Registers of Scotland signing the commissions

Speaking after the signing, Jennifer said “it’s a great honour to follow in the footsteps of my predecessors and add my signature to these important documents. RoS fulfils a number of functions for the government and people of Scotland, and chief among these is the compiling and maintaining of land and property registers. At the same time, events and documents like these underpin the fact that we play such a vital role in other areas of government in Scotland, and I’m delighted to continue this tradition.”

Did you know you can now follow the Keeper over on Twitter? You’ll find Jennifer on her official account @RoSKeeper.

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