St Giles’ Cathedral added to the Land Register of Scotland

One of Edinburgh’s most iconic and historically significant buildings has joined the Land Register of Scotland. We are delighted that St Giles’ Cathedral has been added to our digital, map-based record of land and property. This registration offered us the chance to reflect on our registers and the stories they contain. When James Joyce wrote his masterpiece, Ulysses, he said “I want to give a … Continue reading St Giles’ Cathedral added to the Land Register of Scotland

Recording Scotland’s haunted properties

It’s Halloween – the perfect time for a ghost story. At RoS, with thousands of properties and centuries of history on our registers, we have more than a few to share – read on for some spooky stories to get you in the Halloween spirit (pun intended). Edinburgh Castle With almost a thousand years of history behind its walls, it’s unsurprising that Edinburgh Castle makes … Continue reading Recording Scotland’s haunted properties

On our registers: The Queensferry Crossing

Scotland is celebrating the historic opening of the new bridge across the Firth of Forth, the Queensferry Crossing. To get a closer look at the new bridge, we examined its title and the information it holds. It may seem like just maps and words, but behind these descriptions is a rather unique registered title, as you might well expect. Read on to find out more. … Continue reading On our registers: The Queensferry Crossing

On our registers: John Rae

Blog post by Andrew Gilchrist, communications officer here at RoS. A lot of what we do here at Registers of Scotland (RoS) is future-focused. Whether its new digital services or completion of the land register, we’re looking forward. History is a big part of Scotland’s story though, and we hold huge amounts of it in our registers. For example, the 30 September marked the 204th … Continue reading On our registers: John Rae

How we registered the Royal Highland Showground!

The Royal Highland Show, taking place this year from 22 — 25 June, is Scotland’s largest agricultural event. Farmers, families and visitors from all over Scotland and beyond descend upon Ingliston Showground for a celebration of all that Scotland’s countryside has to offer. The showground is an intrinsic part of the Scottish farming landscape, so its owner, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland … Continue reading How we registered the Royal Highland Showground!

On our registers: Huntingtower Castle

Blog post by Sally Pentecost, Medieval History undergraduate at The University of Edinburgh. As an aspiring historical blogger and self-confessed castle-lover, I was delighted to shadow the Registers of Scotland’s video and social media team for their #RoS400 series, which celebrates 400 years of the world’s oldest land register. Using their digital system, Registers Direct, the RoS team have been able to chart the life … Continue reading On our registers: Huntingtower Castle

On our registers: Stanley Mills

Blog post by Laura Brown, social media manager at RoS. You might not know it, but 2017 is a bigger year than most for Scottish heritage. Rather specifically, the month of June heralds a milestone in land registration history for us at the Registers of Scotland. The world’s oldest national land register (the General Register of Sasines) has its 400th birthday and to mark it, … Continue reading On our registers: Stanley Mills