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

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

Can’t beat a beta day!

ScotLIS testing in the Scottish Highlands As the private beta phase of Scotland’s brand new land information service finishes and the development moves into its next stage, the team travelled to the Highlands, to Inverness, to do some ‘beta’ research. Following on from the alpha day workshop which took place in August while the product was in the alpha phase of development, the trip to … Continue reading Can’t beat a beta day!

On our registers: John Rae

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 marks the birthday of John Rae, a central figure in Arctic exploration, and … Continue reading On our registers: John Rae

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