What is a plans settler… And how do we map Scotland’s land ownership?

Recently, Jennifer — the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland — spent a morning with the First Registration team to learn about ‘plans settling’. But what exactly is plans settling, and what does a ‘plans settler’ do? One of our registration team has lifted the lid for us on what their role involves and how they’re using digital technology to map Scotland’s land ownership. What … Continue reading What is a plans settler… And how do we map Scotland’s land ownership?

What it’s like shadowing the keeper: Antoine Asmar

Blog post by Antoine Asmar, Registration Officer, who shadowed the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland as part of the Year of Young People. You can find out how Maya got on during the day in her previous blog post. The day was scheduled into two parts. Part one focussed on not saying or doing anything stupid in front of management (!) and part two … Continue reading What it’s like shadowing the keeper: Antoine Asmar

Message from the Keeper – August 2018

Both personally and for RoS as an organisation, August has been a month of steady progress towards achieving our key business objectives. I’ve continued to meet with individuals and organisations across Scotland and the UK to identify areas where we can work more closely with other public bodies and stakeholders on matters of common interest. One such discussion was with representatives of Scottish Land and … Continue reading Message from the Keeper – August 2018

My day shadowing the keeper: Maya Drennan

Blog post by Maya Drennan, Customer Service Adviser at RoS. To mark Scotland’s Year of Young People, my colleague Antoine and I had the chance to experience a typical day in the life of our keeper and Chief Executive, Jennifer Henderson. To give us an insight into what is involved in Jennifer’s role, it was arranged that we would shadow Jennifer and accompany her to … Continue reading My day shadowing the keeper: Maya Drennan

ScotLIS tips #2: New data layer, and efficiency improvements

It’s been a couple months since our first top tips blog, but by no means has the ScotLIS team stood still during this time. They’ve been hard at work continuing to develop the service, working with users to understand how they’ve been using ScotLIS, and also ensuring it meets customer need ahead of the retirement of our legacy service (Registers Direct) on 30 November 2018. … Continue reading ScotLIS tips #2: New data layer, and efficiency improvements

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On our registers: Edinburgh Festivals’ most iconic venues

In August, Edinburgh comes alive. The famous city of contrasts, of ‘shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas’ – as Alexander McCall Smith described it – sees its historic Old and New Town’s fill with festival goers. But behind these festival venues there are centuries of history that you may accidentally overlook in favour of that absorbing comedy sketch, author’s keynote or finale show. … Continue reading On our registers: Edinburgh Festivals’ most iconic venues